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How The Pressures Of University Are Pushing Students Too Far

Stress, financial struggles and pressure to do well can all contribute.


University, whilst having the potential to be a vastly exciting time in a person’s life, comes with a number of complications.

Being in a brand new environment, surrounded by new people, study and exam pressures and financial struggles can all have a negative impact on any individual’s mental health.

Sadly, these struggles can have detrimental effects on a person.

A new survey by Ryman, exploring the effects of mental health on students, found that of the 5,000 participants, 70% revealed that their mental health had become an issue during their time at university.


These struggles led to a staggering 51% of people knowing someone who had dropped out of their studies due to their mental health.

When asked for the main blames for considering to drop out, the most common answers cited stress, pressure and mental health.

1 in 3 students said their main source of pressure was themselves and had considered dropping out. 57% of students’ mental health had suffered due to financial pressures.

Ryman’s latest survey reinforces findings that Student Problems have found in our surveys of students. When we asked students what their biggest concerns were at university, mental health and stress came out as the overwhelming causes for concern.

We recently launched the Student Problems Mental Health Survey to get your views and better understand the culture surrounding the subject, with the view of using this information to bring forward the much needed change.

It’s become increasingly clear that universities are not fully equipped to handle student wellbeing to an effective level.

That means encouraging conversation amongst young people is essential, now more than ever.

Bristol University in particular has been rocked by 11 student suicides since October 2016. We spoke to the university and those affected at the time to discuss what was being done to tackle the problem. However, five further students took their own lives since we filmed our documentary.

It’s obvious that as a society we need to learn how to respond to those in need of help. Starting up these conversations is an essential step in ensuring any person’s mental wellbeing.

“Help will prevent things from getting worse; you will feel supported and start to feel better. Getting help will also give you the opportunity to succeed academically and thrive socially, improving your overall university experience.” –  Dr Leon Rozewicz,, Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Priory Hospital North London.

There are a number of organisations on hand for those who are ready to seek help.

“If you can, tell someone you trust. Someone you know who will listen and take you seriously, and don’t worry about how it comes out. “I feel sh*t” will do to start things off.

This first step of talking about it can be the hardest, but the overwhelming majority of people we speak to say it was a relief to let somebody know, and that they got a really positive response.

Writing some thoughts down can be a good place to start, just getting some words out onto a page can help to clarify things, and makes it easier to speak about it when you’re ready.” – Paul Shiels, Communications Manager, CALM

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