Student mental health: universities could be forced to involve parents

Minister says institutions still not doing enough to help vulnerable young people

When Meg Zeenat Wamithi left home to study at King’s College London, she discovered, like many freshers, that it was a much bigger transition than she was expecting. With a history of anxiety and depression she struggled to settle in.

“I had feelings of stress about going to lectures, and felt really depressed about continuing university,” she says. “If I had a bad day I might miss lectures and then afterwards I worried about falling behind. I felt isolated very quickly.”

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