In a study done by ChildLine, it was found that 68% of students are anxious about their grades and exams and the effect it has on their future.
The study also said that 65% of children who had to do referrals were suicide related – this only emphasises the stress students face to get the best grades in their class, not taking into consideration their mental health.
Petsa Kaffens, a lecturer and personal tutor at the University, says that “People take on too much. They have lots of hopes and dreams and raise them too high to get work done in time. At least that’s my opinion”
For the first time, in a ChildLine study school and education problems appeared in the top ten concerns with a 200 per cent increase in counselling about exam stress. Counselling services can be found at the University of Westminster, either with personal tutors or the mental health team.
Some students like Lucy Tonge, had this to say about the de-stress week at Westminster and why it shouldn’t only be once a year.
The University of Westminster prides itself in helping the mental health and well-being of students. You can email the University for help at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call them at +44 (0)20 7911 5000 ext 68229 if you need professional help.