One in three freshers ‘report symptoms of a mental health disorder’
September 14, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid and Eloise Cadman
A new international survey reports one in three freshers suffer with their mental health.
According to The Guardian, the global survey, published by the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) initiative, looked at the prevalence of ‘psychological disorders – including major depression, mania, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, alcohol use disorder and substance use disorder.’
13,984 students from eight industrialised countries participated in the web survey during the first few months on their university education.
35% said they struggled from at least one mental health problem in their life, whilst 31% said they had suffered in the 12 month period before participating in the survey.
Major depression was the most common, followed by anxiety, with an average start age of 14.2.
The findings are ‘particularly troubling given the high prevalence of suicide among adolescents and young adults in the UK,’ the Guardian reports.
David Gunnell, an epidemiologist and public health physician at the University of Bristol, said: ‘It’s a really important study. It highlights the high levels of mental health problems among students once they come to university in those different countries.’
‘It’s interesting to note that many of these first-year students were arriving with pre-existing problems.’
The Independent has this week published a list of apps that aim to help people cope with mental health problems.
According to the paper, even though experts say our increasing reliance on technology can be damaging for our mental health, they also highlight ways technology can help individuals deal with their symptoms.
Whilst these apps are not a substitute for professional support, the apps are said to help users cope in day to day life.
Here are a few of the apps on the list:
Moodpath: Depression & Anxiety
- Moodpath brands itself as ‘your mental health companion,’ screening users for depressive behaviour through daily questions that are designed to increase awareness of thoughts and feelings. After two weeks it generates a report which you can give to a mental health professional for a discussion.
Pacifica: Stress and Anxiety
- Pacifica helps users to find calm through psychologist designed tools. This includes mindfulness techniques and health tracking. This app focuses on cycles of negativity which can lead to anxiety, stress and depression.
- Headspace is ‘guided meditation for everybody’. This popular app guides the user through various mindfulness and meditation techniques to promote wellness and relaxation. This app runs on a subscription basis, however basic course are free.
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