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It’s time to take student mental health seriously

Mental health problems forced me to leave university. Now, new figures show more students than ever are suffering

By Mark Brown  

Starting university is a big life change at a time when young people are vulnerable.

Your student years: the best years of your life. A time of experimentation and questionable hairstyles and camaraderie watching daytime television. Yet for some students—a minority, but a significant one—this is an aspiration rather than a reality.

This month, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published “Not by Degrees: Improving Student Mental Health in the UK’s Universities’, which paints an altogether grimmer picture for some of our students.

According to the IPPR in 2015/16, 15,395 first…

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