A group of students from Nottingham Trent University are focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues among students, with more than six out of 10 identifying coursework as extremely stressful.

According to the National Union of Students (NUS), out of the 1,200 higher education students surveyed 92% have experienced mental distress including feeling down, stressed and demotivated.  Almost a third suffered mental health distress on a weekly basis.

For 65% of the students the main cause of stress was found to be coursework, whereas 54% said exams and studying were the main factor. Forty-seven per cent of students identified financial problems as the main cause of stress and anxiety.

Lousie Stockley, a final year student at NTU says she suffered from anxiety in 2015, due to her university work and exams.

‘it’s okay to speak about it’

Kirsty Blythe, Trent student

 

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The How Are You? campaign aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health by getting the students to talk about their experiences openly. The campaign provided a mind tree (left), allowing students to note down what stresses them out the most.

Kirsty Blythe, a student involved in the campaign says that “we realised that the people who keep it close end up secluding themselves from everyone, which makes the situation worse. We want to show it’s okay to speak about it and speaking about it relieves everything.”