A recent article in Therapy Today magazine (7/7/17) reveals that 'the number of students dropping out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years'. In addition, demand for counselling amongst university students has risen by a third in the past three years. Anxiety and depression were the most commonly cited reasons for seeking counselling.
Working on-staff at University of Surrey's Centre for Wellbeing, I've personally witnessed this explosion in demand. The reasons for seeking counselling are myriad, but what I do find reassuring is that counselling can help address many of the issues students face. Having an on-campus GP surgery located next door to our Wellbeing Centre strengthens our services.
During the summer, my private practice as a psychotherapist has seen an increase in university students who are home for the summer seeking counselling. In the few months they are home, we are able to look at their issues and work on developing new patterns of behaviour and response. It's often a good time for this type of work as students may have fewer demands during the summer.
The other increase in demand I've witnessed in my private practise is with A-level and IB students who are suffering terrible anxiety, even panic attacks. For these busy and stressed out kids, it is often hard to find time to schedule counselling sessions but even several session can help lessen their anxiety, with the added bonus of given them the tools to deal with stress and anxiety if they do go to university after graduation.