Student health

Joy of learning has been lost to tests | Letter | Education

Re the long read (Learning the hard way, Journal, 27 September), as a counsellor working in higher education, I agree that there are many ways that university life unnecessarily exacerbates stress for students. However, I don’t think it is university practices that are the cause of the current situation with student mental health. I think we need to look at what has gone on before students arrive at university, and the damage that has been done to their wellbeing by…

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I returned to uni for freshers’ week 20 years after leaving. Here’s what has changed | Education

In the autumn of 1997, I was a fresher at the University of Glasgow. Months after the Labour landslide, weeks after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, I was an 18-year-old British-Indian made up of equal parts teenage kicks, terror and Topshop – and on my way to Scotland for the first time, to live and study in a city I had never even visited. I was a 90s Londoner in every sense: geographically ignorant, cocky, earnestly carrying a…

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Neglect by mental health trust led to Bristol student’s suicide | UK news

Neglect by a mental health trust contributed to the suicide of a Bristol University student with severe social anxiety who was found dead on the day she was due to take part in a “terrifying” oral test, a coroner has ruled. The senior Avon coroner Maria Voisin criticised the Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS trust (AWP) for not putting in place a management plan that would have given Natasha Abrahart hope and managed her risk. After the inquest,…

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‘She went through torment’: parents criticise Bristol over student suicide | Education

“They had six months to help but didn’t do anything.” That is the verdict of Natasha Abrahart’s parents. Margaret and Robert Abrahart have accused Bristol University and mental health services of letting down their student daughter who had severe social anxiety and was found hanged on the day she was due to give a daunting presentation. They argue the university should have known her condition made it excruciatingly difficult to talk in front of other students or teachers; that it…

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