The rate of suicide among students in the UK has reached a record high level, with a study by researchers at Hong Kong University’s Centre for Suicide Research and Prevention indicating that a growing number of students in the UK are finding it difficult to look after their mental health.
The Conversation reported that previous studies have shown that, in the last decade, there has been a five-fold increase in the number of students who are reporting mental health problems.
In addition, the news provider noted that other research has found that there has been a rise in the number of students dropping out of their university courses as a result of mental health problems.
With London one of the most popular cities in the UK for students both nationally and internationally, there could be a growing need for mental health professionals who have therapy rooms in Central London.
The news provider also stressed the importance of providing students with a range of support from different places – not all of it directly related to their mental health. Lecturers and support staff, for instance, can be an important point of contact for students who are struggling.
It isn’t only university students who are finding managing their mental health difficult. New research from the University of Glasgow recently revealed that one in nine young people in Scotland report attempting suicide, while one in six have reported self harm at some point in their lives.
What’s more, 22.8 per cent of young people revealed that they had thought about suicide at some point in their lives, even if they didn’t act on those feelings.