Mental Health Issues on the Rise for York Students

 3rd Aug 2016

The University of York has seen a substantial rise in emergency ambulance requests for cases of self-harm and suicide attempts.

There has also been an increase in the number of mental health crises in 80 per cent of universities in the UK from 2014 to 2015.

This data was uncovered from a report completed by the student mental ill-health task group at the University of York (UoY).

In the University, 90% of staff had also been involved with student incidents which had required the involvement of authorities as a result of their severity.

The arrival of this news is affirmation of the NHS’s mental health services failing to provide adequate treatment to suffering students.

Many university attendants are faced with unnecessarily long waiting times and the provision of inappropriate treatments when they finally obtain an appointment.

There are many factors which may explain the increasing prevalence of mental health issues in universities, however.

One of these is the increasing pervasiveness of cyberbulling in our digital society.

Social media has become a ubiquitous format of communication for many, especially amongst younger generations.

Whilst there are many positive aspects of social networking, it also provides more sophisticated ways for the unscrupulous to anonymously target people.

Another topical issue affecting students is the rising cost of student loans.

Coupled with the pressure of a highly demanding and saturated job market for graduates, this has undoubtedly placed stress on university students.

In the first month of this year, the university recorded 12 ambulance call outs specifically requested for either self-harm or attempted suicide.

The University of York is planning to take prompt action on the issue in order to protect the health of those studying at the facility.

This includes prioritising feedback, creating additional areas online for students to access resources and improving the services provided by first contact staff.

The report is a positive step forward towards helping young people cope with the pressures of university life and any personal issues which are affecting them.

Moving away from home, embracing additional responsibilities and facing impending tuition fee debt can make the transition to university distressing for many.

This is why implementing effective changes is paramount in ensuring students are able to complete their studies and enjoy social activities without compromise.

Other UK universities should embrace the proactive steps taken at UoY by monitoring the mental health of students and taking the necessary steps to protect them.

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