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Two-thirds of students say their mental health is worse due to pandemic

21 May 2021

To understand how the pandemic has been affecting students, the Higher Education Policy Institute and YouthSight polled more than 1000 full-time undergraduate students in March.

Almost two-thirds (63%) said their mental health was a little or much worse as a result of the pandemic compared with just 14% who said their mental health was a little or much better.

Just under a quarter of students described their mental health as the same, while one-fifth described their mental health as much worse.

In terms of support, 38% of students were satisfied with the delivery of mental health services, compared with 50% who were satisfied with the delivery of other support services.

Ben Marks, CEO of YouthSight, said: ‘For every student who feels their mental health has improved, over four feel it has got worse […] Universities need to put more resource behind their mental health (and other) student services: let’s hope the pandemic can be a catalyst for change.’

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