University is one of the most intricate, time-consuming experiences that an individual can go through. There is no getting around the fact that while university is immensely beneficial in the long run, the process itself can be all-consuming. Year after year, students are faced with the reality that their education take up what feels like an increasing amount of time. Every year, the assessments get more complex, the workload increases significantly, and students are still expected to somehow balance the tide of overwhelming study with the waves of assessment that continuously find their way towards them. When it comes to mental health on college or university campuses, there are definitely channels available, but more could be done about improving those channels and allowing for a more healthy higher education experience for all students. One in four university students globally suffers with mental health issues during their time as a student, and the campuses that these students attend are finally stepping up to do something about the situation.
Mental health is a topic that continuously comes up in conversation and in the media. Over the years, it seems that more and more individuals are finding themselves in situations of struggling with their mental health. The fact that multiple countries (the UK, Australia, etc) have or are currently putting in the effort and increasing their mental health funding speaks volumes about the seriousness of the health concern. While physical health is often obvious to determine, mental health hides away in the depths of our minds, and if an individual is skilled enough at masking their emotions, they can eliminate the risk of anyone else noticing their struggles. Students today are more aware of their mental health than ever before, with more students every day coming out of the woodwork and admitting to struggles with their mental health. While sometimes the struggle can be lifted (at least temporarily) by asking for help with dissertation queries and assessment course loads, the bulk of the responsibility lies in the institutions and their willingness to open those doors to assistance.
While there is a significant amount of importance placed on the value of education, what we often forget to place adequate importance of taking care of one’s health. Students are so often in the position of needing to adhere to due dates and assessment deadlines that have been in motion for weeks, while also juggling issues like anxiety and depression. The students of today place more pressure on themselves than those in previous generations of learners, as more is expected. The courses themselves have evolved to become more modern and complex – as with anything, when the rest of the world moves on, the education system must evolve to cover the recent innovations. Students today are dealing with the kind of rapid performance indicators that, due to their nature of close proximity to one another, often induce a state of anxiety or apprehension from the student. When there is a lot of strain on an individual, mental health issues can surface, and sometimes the student does not even realise it initially.
When students feel mentally drained, they do not perform their best. That is a fact. a well-rested mind is the most productive, efficient mind, and while students have been acutely aware of that fact for years, the education institutions they attend are now not only taking note, but taking conscious action. By increasing awareness surrounding mental health assistance programs, support groups, and therapy centres, colleges and universities are giving their students the tools to not only realise they are supported, but to encourage them to seek help when they feel like they need the additional support. This simple reaction on the behalf of the higher education industry has already changed the lives of countless students, and it will continue to do so. There can be no improvement without action. On-campus treatment centres and programs are finally improving, with more students finally feeling supported enough to come forward about their struggles and seek the help that they have every right to receiving.
Mental health has increasingly become a topic of conversation around the world, but it is perhaps most prevalent in young people – specifically, students. With one in four students suffering from mental health issues at some point during their studies, there is an overwhelmingly obvious need for closer attention to the issue. University campuses around the world are finally making positive moves to lessen the burden on their students, and to pay closer attention to what they can do to improve the statistic in the long run. University is one of the most transformative times in a student’s life, so they should be able to make the most of it without suffering from crippling mental health issues and subsequent ongoing issues. This is the kind of positive movement that the education industry has been calling out for.