This term there is a record number of students moving away from home to begin university. There are warnings however that more students are struggling to cope with university life, as a sharp rise has been noted in the demand for counselling.
With this increase comes questions about whether or not universities are doing enough when it comes to providing emotional support for those with mental health concerns.
Ruth Caleb is chair of Universities UK’s mental well-being working group and she says that the demand for counselling services are rising annually by about 10%.
Vice chancellor of Buckingham University, Sir Anthony Seldon believes universities have been ‘negligent’ in accepting their pastoral responsibilities. He explains,
“Universities are not always honest about admitting the extent of the problems they have. They need to change, they need to take their responsibilities to students far more carefully.”
The Higher Education Funding Council for England provided a…