The Independent are reporting that the pressures of studying architecture are taking “a shocking toll” on the mental health of students, a new survey has revealed.
More than half of students studying the course have expressed concerns about their mental health, with a quarter of respondents admitting to either receiving or having received medical help as a direct result of studying the subject.
The survey of 450 UK-based students carried out by The Architects’ Journal asked, for the first time, about the emotional impact of completing the gruelling seven-year long course, revealing an increasing debt problem, a “widely-accepted culture of excessive working hours,” and concerns that courses are not preparing students for the world of work.
The rise in mental health issues among students is a growing problem in the UK and has been widely-reported in recent months. According to a report put together for the vice-chancellor of York University in May, comparing 2014 to 2015, 80 per cent of UK universities highlighted a noticeable increase in complex mental health crises among their student population.
A spokesperson for the Samaritans told the Independent how the charity is talking to universities to find out the best way to provide support to students affected by mental health and suicide, and emphasised the importance of starting conversation at secondary level.
The spokesperson said: “We need to start early in secondary schools getting the message across to young people that asking for help is okay, and supporting others is too. Samaritans’ DEAL [developing emotional awareness and listening] teaches this in schools already and we want to extend it more widely.”
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