News from Ahed Therapies

Huge rise in number of university students seeking counselling

The number of students accessing counselling at top UK universities has jumped by 28% over three years.

Figures obtained show up to a 75% increase at some institutions.

More than 43,000 students had counselling at Russell Group universities in 2014/15 – compared to 34,000 three years earlier.

Mental health charity Mind believe this change is due to the hike in tuition fees to £9,000.

  • :: University of Leeds: 1,317 to 2,070 (57.18%)
  • :: University of Exeter: 1,125 to 1,549 (37.69%)
  • :: Queen’s University Belfast: 584 to 833 (42.64%)
  • :: University of Edinburgh: 1,629 to 2,852 (75.08%)
  • :: University of Sheffield: 1,182 to 1,819 (53.89%)
  • :: University of Warwick: 1,385 to 1,752 (26.50%)
  • :: Durham University: 1,019 to 1,379 (35.33%)
  • :: University of Oxford: 1,465 to 2,096 (43.07%)
  • :: University of Glasgow: 1,145 to 1,800 (57.21%)
  • :: Cardiff University: 1,131 to 1,945 (71.97%)
  • :: University of Bristol: 1,396 to 2,141 (53.37%)
  • :: Imperial College London: 441 to 608 (37.87%)
  • :: London School of Economics and Political Sciences: 525 to 721 (37.33%)
  • :: University of Manchester: 1,914 to 2,556 (33.54%)
  • :: Newcastle University: 659 to 950 (44.16%)
  • :: King’s College London: 1,927 to 2,472 (28.28%)

Stephen Buckley, from Mind, said tuition fee and student loan debt were “major contributors” to the rise.

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Leading public health expert says parents need lessons in anxiety and more!

psychiatric clinic in LondonParents should have lessons provided by the government on how to raise their children, states Britain’s leading public health expert.

Professor John Ashton, outgoing president of the Faculty of Public Health (FPH), said children were neglected by some schools and parents.

He said the state should help stop children being crippled by conditions such as anxiety, anorexia and obesity.

The FPH has released a report calling for mental health improvements.

It says: “Mental, emotional or psychological problems account for more disability than all physical health problems put together.

“Although we cannot say yet exactly how much of the burden of mental illness could be prevented, we know prevention is possible.”

One in 10 children aged five to 16 years had a mental health problem that warranted support and treatment, the report said.

To read more on this story visit the BBC website.

Over £2.0 billion lost to stress at work

employee occupational health treatmentsStress at work – more could be done to help by employers!

The Sunday Express Crusade For Better Mental Health has reported that over 45 million working days were lost in the last 3 years due to stress, anxiety and depression.

In 2015 a record 17 million working days were lost, costing the UK economy at elast £2.4 billion.  The TUC also reported that someone in Britain is made ill by stress at work every two minutes and warned that the mental symptoms of stress vary from sleeplessness and listlessness to clinical depression and unfortunately in severe cases even suicide.  The TUC general Secretary Frances O’Grady stated that ” much more needs to be done to stop bosses treating their staff like machines, it’s in no ones interests to have stressed out workforces. People who experience high anxiety are less productive and are more likely to take time off”.

Ahed Therapies provides workplace support for companies who may have staff suffering from mental health issues looking to get them back into the workplace as soon as possible. If you would like to receive more information on our Occupational Health services please do contact us today.