Mental health issues are rising amongst students at Winchester University as lockdown ends and the Tier 2 system comes into place on the 2nd of December.
After a month-long lockdown, student services have seen a rise in the severity of cases where students are reaching out for help. Head of Mental Wellbeing at the University Natasha Dean said”
“It certainly has been a very challenging time for everyone in the last few months and of course, this is also true for students at Winchester. We have noticed that the severity of the difficulties being experienced by some of our students has increased, so we are seeing more higher need and higher risk cases.”
Depsite the struggle, Winchester Unviersity have put in place support for those struggling.
“With regards to Covid specific support, the mental wellbeing team has been involved in setting up activities and support for students who have to self isolate as well as adapting to be able to offer many of our services online, rather than in person. We have had to learn new skills to be able to do this.”
3rd year Psychology student Lauren Dennet who voiced her thoughts on how the work load is affecting her: “Coming back from months of laying in bed, having my parents cook my meals and having no essays to write, its been hard for me to find time relax since moving back to Winchester.”
“I’m feeling very stressed out as its very hard to focus when you aren’t sat in a room with your lecturers so I am starting to worry about how my anxiety will effect me when I start to write my dissertation.”
In a recent study carried out by DigIn a student mental health charity, a student mental wellbeing group aiming to make voices heard, figures show 42.3% of the students that took part are suffering with some sort of mental health issue that requires professional help and 26.6% of them currently have a diagnosis.
Although young people have access to Student Services and other external forms of help, 8.1% admitted to using alcohol drugs to fall asleep at night. These statistics were gathered during the pandemic and have shown an increase from last year, showing how badly Covid has affected the younger generation mentally.