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Stress and anxiety driving nursing students to seek support

Yet a Nursing Standard investigation reveals many universities do not monitor the reasons students seek help from support services.

Almost one in three UK nursing students who seek support from university services have anxiety, stress or depression, an exclusive Nursing Standard investigation reveals.

Of the 2,713 nursing students who contacted university support services, including counselling, in the past year, 818 were experiencing one of the three conditions.

In comparison, about one in seven medical students, (358 of 2,682) who contacted university services, needed help for anxiety, stress or depression, figures for the year from April 2016 to March 2017 show.

1 in 3

nurses who seek support from university services do so for anxiety, stress or depression

Unmonitored mental health issues

Yet our investigation shows many universities do not monitor the conditions that students present even among those going into caring professions with a known prevalence of mental health issues.

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