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‘Sharp rise’ in student mental illness tests universities

BBC – Judith Burns

Almost five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health condition to their university, say researchers. In 2015-16, more than 15,000 UK-based first-year students disclosed mental health issues, Institute of Public Policy Research analysis suggests. The 2006 figure was about 3,000 and the rise risks overwhelming university services, the IPPR says. Universities UK said student mental health was “a strategic priority”. UUK says a new framework, published on Monday, will boost the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff and help embed good mental health across all university activities.”(more)

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