Warnings of mental health crisis among ‘Covid generation’ of students

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A third of students said they didn’t know where to go to seek help, according to a recent survey of 7,385 students. Photograph: Prostock-studio/Alamy


(Rachel Hall/ The Guardian) — The pandemic has had a lasting legacy on the mental health of the “Covid generation” of students, exacerbating rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm and resulting in a “significant rise” in young people struggling at university, experts have said.

UK universities have reported that more students are experiencing mental health problems in the aftermath of the pandemic, and that this is expected to continue with the cohort arriving in September, whose school experience was heavily disrupted by the pandemic.


The president of the National Union of Students, Larissa Kennedy, said she was “deeply concerned” by the student mental health crisis, which was “getting worse”, with NUS research suggesting “the majority of students are burdened by anxiety”. (…)

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