Introduction to mental illness:
Mental illness is common and can affect anyone. One in four adults in the UK will experience a mental illness in their lifetime, however according to a NUS survey, eight out of ten students will experience a mental illness while in higher education.
For some students mental illness can be a lifelong disability. Others can experience short term issues that emerge around difficult or stressful life events, while some students may be more at risk of experiencing mental illness in relation to their ethnicity, gender, sexuality or socio-economic background.
Although attitudes to mental illness have improved significantly in recent years there still remains a certain amount of stigma around the issue. Stigma can often be experienced in less obvious ways such as social exclusion, unkind jokes and fear around disclosure affecting academic progression.
Some examples of mental illness students may be experiencing:
Neurotic conditions can include depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, OCD and eating disorders.
Psychotic conditions can include schizophrenia, drug induced psychosis and bi-polar affective disorder.