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The number of university students in Scotland seeking support for mental health issues has increased by two-thirds over five years, analysis shows.
The BBC asked universities across Scotland for the numbers of students seeking some form of support.
It found more than 11,700 students asked for help in 2016-17 compared with about 7,000 in 2012-13.
The 68% increased among students in Scotland was higher than the 53% total for the UK over the same period.
University counsellors and wellbeing staff told BBC Scotland that they deal with cases ranging from anxiety, depression, gender-based violence and body dysmorphia.
The figures – obtained by the BBC’s Shared Data Unit through freedom of information requests – showed that only 12 of Scotland’s 19 universities recorded how many students sought help for their health help over the five-year period.
- The number of students seeking help for their mental health at the University of Edinburgh doubled over five years
- The University of Glasgow experienced a 75% rise in students seeking help for their mental health between 2012-13 and 2016-17
- The University of Stirling had a 74% rise in students seeking help for their mental health between 2012-13 and 2016-17
- Glasgow School of Art experienced a 72% increase in students seeking help for their mental health over the same period
Read more at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-45990384