Going to university can be a stressful time for even the most resilient of young adults. For many, it’s the first time they will have lived away from home. They will be managing academic pressures with financial responsibility and may have concerns about debt and their future.
It’s a time when mental health problems can surface for the first time, or existing ones can worsen.
- Suicide rates among students have almost doubled in the last ten years.
- The number of students dropping out of university courses over the last ten years has tripled.
- 78% of students reported experiencing mental health issues in the last year.
- Less than 50% of them had asked for help.
But it’s not just students.
Academics are more prone to mental health disorders than those working in other professions. Two thirds of academics with mental health issues say their ill health is directly related to work.
It’s an environment that is prone to stress and uncertainty and both students and academics need support. If you work or study in a university or college you may be able to help and these courses are for you.
They will teach you how to recognise and identify the early signs of a mental health problem, provide first aid and help someone to access the support they need.
You will become part of the wellbeing solution by reducing the stigma associated with mental health problems, making the environment that you live, work and study in more mentally healthy and improving your own mental awareness in the process.