Anxiety UK- the UK’s leading anxiety charity- is launching a new ‘Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety’, along with a specialised Student Support Package to coincide with World Mental Health Day.
This week, it has been reported that an increasing number of students are in need of therapy due to rising stress and anxiety levels. A report by the NUS in 2013 stated that 20% of students experience mental health difficulties whilst at university; however this figure is known to be increasing on an annual basis.
However, this is not solely a university issue; there has been an increase generally in common mental health issues nationwide such as stress and anxiety which has placed additional demand on already overstretched NHS services. This coupled with rising demand for university counselling support services has meant that immediate access to such services for students experiencing anxiety, depression and stress is not possible.
Nicky Lidbetter, Chief Executive of Anxiety UK said: “We know that students are often most in need of support 4-6 weeks after starting university. Indeed colleagues at the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary report that they see the highest instances of self-harm, suicidal thoughts, feelings and attempts amongst students at this time. Students often find themselves struggling after the initial ‘honeymoon period’ in higher education due to experiencing issues such homesickness, loneliness and disillusionment with the notion of the ‘university experience’.”
In response to this growing need, Anxiety UK is launching a new ‘Student Guide to Understanding Anxiety’ which offers information and advice to students in higher education who are living with or experiencing an anxiety related condition including stress, depression and anxiety. The guide will be available to download from the Anxiety UK website www.anxietyuk.org.uk from 12-16th October inclusive as part of the charity’s programme of activities to mark World Mental Health Day (Saturday 10th October 2015).
Alongside the guide, Anxiety UK is launching a new Student Membership offer; one of the benefits of this is to put students in touch with a network of ‘Approved Anxiety UK therapists’ ensuring timely access to support.