The report author, Poppy Brown, is herself a student at Oxford University, conducting research on anxiety disorders. "The scale of the problem is bigger than ever before," she said.Share
"Yet support is hard to access, universities often underfund their counselling services, and the NHS does not recognise how vulnerable students are.
"In particular, there is often no consistent care between term-time and holidays. We need to tackle these problems," said Ms Brown.
Nick Hillman, director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, said that students starting university needed to know that support was available. "Mental disorders are most common in young adults, just at the age when many people become students," he said.
"Going to university can be stressful, especially for first-in-family students.
"Typically, you lose your established support networks, move to a new part of the country and take on large debts.
"Occasionally, it even ends in tragedy." (Read more.)