The number of students seeking counselling has risen. Results of a survey of over a third of university counsellors in the UK has suggested that in the period 2010 to 2013 there has been a 16% increase in the number of students seeking counselling.
Why is this? A number of factors could underpin this increase including fee increases, more competition in the job market and the challenge of life transition. All of which could be increasing the pressure on students. It was also highlighted that signs indicated that students were coming for counselling with more complex and disturbing problems. One factor here is the inability of students to be able to access longer term NHS support.
Lead Advisor for University and College counselling at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Patti Wallace said: “While student numbers have remained stable or even decreased slightly, more are seeking help through university counselling services.”
One of the real plus points arising from the survey is the increase in students accessing on-line counselling with a rise of 85%, reflective of “a more connected generation.”
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Source: Swaby C. “Increase in students seeking counselling could signify a ” more connected generation.” Sussex Counselling & Psychotherapy News, February 2014. pp6