Your Dad picks you up from Uni for the Christmas holidays. You get in the car, he asks how you’ve been, you say fine. He knows you’ve been finding things tough but it doesn’t seem like he really wants to hear about it. Sound familiar?

Over half of parents have never spoken to their children about stress, depression or anxiety according to the poll by time to change, a campaign to end mental health stigma.

Of those, 20% said they had not asked because they didn’t know how to raise the issue.

The campaign, which is run by the charities mind and rethink mental illness claims one in 10 young people will experience a mental health problem. Thats three in an average classroom.

Coping on Campus

There are a great deal of extra stresses on students during University. This ranges from money to exam stress.  1 in 13 students experience suicidal thoughts according to the charity young minds

In July 2011 23-year-old student Toby Thorn took his own life. He left a note on the back of a bank statement. Financial difficulties were attributed to his suicide. Toby was £3000 overdrawn, and still had a £5000 student loan to repay when he died.

The number of students who took their own lives in England and Wales rose by 50% between 2007 and 2011. Rising from 75 to 112, although the number of students only rose by 14%.

Government Intervention

The Department of Health (DoH) has reacted to growing concerns about young peoples mental health by pledging £1.4 billion to the issue over this parliament.

They have also donated £660,000 to the time to change campaign.

The DoH has been tweeting about the issue with the hashtags #youngmentalhealth and #nojudgment

If you feel you need someone to talk with the Samaritans are always happy to listen. They provide a 24 hourfree and confidential service:

Call 116 123

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