ARE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AN UNDERLYING PROBLEM IN UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY?
Is mental health an underlying problem within our education system?
In the United Kingdom, there are over 1.75 million undergraduate students, 1.7 million of which are in full time education.
Within this large populous of students, the statistics about mental are rather surprising.
One in four students are suffering from mental health issues within the university environment, 27% of students suffer from a form of mental health issue during the duration of study- a very serious statistic. With data such as this you would believe that it would be an important topic of discussion.
However, the discussion is frequently passed over without a lot of thought.
So why is this, why is mental health such a touchy subject for people to talk about?
I believe the older generations have put a negative connotation on mental health, thus making it a taboo amongst our society. People look down upon mental health making it a harder subject to talk about for those that suffer from it.
Mental health issues need to become less of a taboo within the society we live in so people feel more open to talk, it starts with being comfortable and then we can work with those suffering to make change!