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Number of students dropping out over mental health problems triples

A British study has found that that the number of students who dropped out of university with mental health problems has more than tripled from 2009 to 2015.

The data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) found that 1,180 students who experienced mental health problems left university in the 2014-2015 school year – a staggering 210 percent increase from 380 students in 2009-2010.

Dropout rates aren’t the only things increasing in the U.K. either. The same data shows that students requests for counseling increased by 28 percent between 2014 and 2016 – and demand in 2017 is already outpacing that of previous years, even though the academic year was not complete when the data was collected.

According to the Guardian, the data has prompted a number of organizations across the U.K. to ensure the right supports are in place to support students with mental health issues. The paper reports that some universities are cutting back on the number of counselors they use, or not recruiting more to meet the demand. Increased demand for services has also resulted in longer wait times for mental health services.

The main issues for which students are seeking support are anxiety (up 43 percent in the past two years) and depression (up 39 percent over the same period).


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