(UK) Increase in students with mental health problems dropping out of college

Aug 29, 2017, UK Guardian: The rise in student mental health problems – ‘I thought my tutor would say: deal with it’ Sadly, many university students like Gee will fail to get the help they need. The Higher Education Statistics Agency recently revealed the number of students who drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled since 2009-10, with a record 1,180 university students with mental health problems abandoning their studies in 2014-15, the most recent year for which data was available. How can those starting university this academic year avoid this? Do today’s students find university more of a struggle than their predecessors and, if so, why? Dr Fredrik Johansson, a consultant psychiatrist for Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, thinks they do. Around 5% to 10% of his caseload at any one time are university students, studying at, for example, nearby UCL, LSE or the University of the Arts. Their alternative options to out-of-school suspension he says.