Even before university, Olivia was a worrier. But when she started her course, her anxiety levels really started to increase. At one point her anxiety stopped her from leaving the house. She was stuck inside for nearly two weeks before being diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder. She then seeked the help she needed.
With support from her university well-being service, her GP and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions, she was able to continue with her university course and start enjoying her life again.
Olivia’s case of anxiety is not rare. In the last five years, the number of students that have suffered with a mental health problem have doubled to at least 115,000.
The chair of Universities UK’s mental wellbeing working group, Ruth Caleb, commented on the figures: “And that is a very small proportion of the students who are having mental health difficulties.”
High levels of anxiety
Research has shown that 20% of students that start university without any…