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Understanding and promoting student mental health in Scottish higher education - a mapping exercise

Wilson, Alastair and MacIntyre, Gillian and Quinn, Neil and Buchan, Fiona and Tinklin, Teresa and , University of Strathclyde and , Scottish Executive (Funder) (2007) Understanding and promoting student mental health in Scottish higher education - a mapping exercise. [Report]

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Abstract

There has been an increase in the incidence of mental health difficulties among HE students over the past decade. Official statistics show that the proportion of undergraduates declaring a mental health difficulty on entry to HE rose from 5 in every 10,000 in 1994-5 to 30 in every 10,000 in 2004-5. Incidence of severe psychological problems has increased, and student mental health is generally worse than that of the general population (for agematched populations). Anxiety and depression are the most commonly noted difficulties. The research review identified a relationship between mental health and the following factors: finances, accommodation, academic issues, university systems and social factors. Academic issues, and specifically coursework, emerged as particularly related to stress levels and mental health issues.