Further education

The mental health of students is a significant concern for further education settings. 90% of colleges reported an increase in students diagnosed with mental health conditions in the past year.

Around one in six 17 to 22 year olds has an identifiable mental health condition, and college staff report significant increases in students with both diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions.

Further education is a unique educational environment with its own challenges.

Staff may spend less time with students, making it more difficult to notice or raise concerns. Students may have additional pressures, like money or housing, which can contribute to mental health concerns.

This section of the website will support college staff with some of the most common mental health issues they see in their students.

Anxiety

Information on common causes of anxiety, signs to spot and what to do if you suspect a student is having issues with anxiety.

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Eating disorders

Most eating disorders develop during adolescence, so college is a significant time for those struggling with eating disorders. Learn more about how to support your students and where else to get help.

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Exam and assessment stress

Stress around exams and assessments is normal, but it can also impact negatively on college work and day-to-day life. Get practical advice on helping your students through these periods of stress.

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Self-harm

Research suggest that 1 in 4 young women and 1 in 10 young men have self-harmed at some point in their life. Learn more about potential reasons why, how to help a student and who else to involve.

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Unhealthy relationships

It is important for staff to recognise and intervene if they become aware of students at risk of developing unhealthy relationships. Find out more about the signs to spot and how to approach a student if you’re concerned.

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More resources

Download many more mental health resources written specifically for further education settings in our resource library.

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