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10 Jul 2013

Depression At University: Thousands More Students Seek Counselling For Mental Health Issues

he number of students seeking help for depression has more than doubled at some of the country’s top institutions, at a time when many universities are drastically cutting back on counselling services funding.

One university has seen a 107% increase in students seeking help in the last five years, but in just one year the amount of money spent on services was cut by more than £290,000. And a student who sought support from her university was turned away by staff who said they could not provide her with help.

Mental health campaigners and student leaders have branded the institutions “irresponsible” after the figures, which were obtained by the HuffPost through the Freedom of Information Act, came to light.

The statistics, from 14 of Britain’s top universities between 2006/7 and 2011/12, show a trend towards less funding, coupled with an increase in demand from students for counselling.

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