Tuesday 20 February 2018

Anxiety top concern for college students

Anxiety is now the greatest concern facing college students
Anxiety is now the greatest concern facing college students
Caroline Crawford

Caroline Crawford

Anxiety has overtaken depression as the greatest concern facing university students, new figures show.

A report from NUI Galway shows a dramatic increase in the number of students seeking out counselling services in the past decade.

Last year 1,187 students attended the University's Student Counselling Service, up from 1,143 the previous year. It compares to just 511 attending in 2005-2006.

The biggest issue for students is now anxiety, which in the past two years has overtaken depression as the number one issue.

The report from the Student Counselling Service outlines that 72pc of students attended for anxiety issues, 55pc had symptoms of depression while 30pc had academic difficulties.

Students from the university have now launched a series of video clips about their own experiences of mental health difficulties and how they overcame their problems with help from the counselling service.

The initiative aims to get students to openly discuss their difficulties with a range of issues covered including depression, anxiety, procrastination and perfectionism.

View the clips at www.nuigalway.ie/counsellors/.

Irish Independent

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