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The NatWest Student Living Index 2019 has launched recently, delving into both stress and mental health for students at university.
University-age students are more engaged with mental health and wellbeing than ever, and the study found that 1 in 4 students are very satisfied with their university’s mental health support.
Other noteworthy findings from the survey include:
• 71% of students say that their university offers affordable health and wellbeing programs (gym classes, yoga, meditation, mindfulness)
• 40% of students are concerned about their financial situation following university
• 45% of students find their university degree stressful
• 1 in 4 UK students find managing money stressful
The 2019 NatWest Student Living Index revealed that close to half of all UK students feel
extremely stressed by their degree studies. 1 in 4 students in the UK described managing their money as extremely stressful, while only 6% felt they received sufficient money management support from their university on average.
NatWest’s Student Living Index 2019 asked students from 35 top university cities about all aspects of student life, including the amount of wellbeing and mental health support on offer for students at university in 2019.
Is their degree the cause of the stress? On average, 45% of students in the UK feel extremely stressed by their degree Cambridge (60%) and Durham (57%) students are the most stressed by their degree studies.
Have Universities supported students with mental health resources?
1 in 4 students are very satisfied with their university’s mental health resources, while 71% said that their university offers affordable health and wellbeing programs.
Interestingly, while students in Poole feel the most stressed by money management, the city also came last when students were asked about the availability of affordable well-being programs:
53% of students in Poole said their university offers affordable well-being programs, this is the lowest ranked city and 18% below national average.
Less than 1% of Students in Reading and Stirling feel supported by their university when managing their finances.
94% of students in Aberystwyth feel their university offers affordable well-being programs
Are you a student in the UK? Read more about the findings here: https://personal.natwest.com/personal/life-moments/students-and-graduates/student-living-index.html