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Number of Bristol students dropping out for mental health reasons doubles in four years

This number has more than doubled in four years

93 UoB students dropped out of university for mental health reasons in the 2018/2019 academic year.

This figure has more than doubled since 2015, when 42 students cited mental health concerns as their main reason for dropping out.

These findings come as part of a wider study conducted by Vice which looked at the number of permanent student withdrawals due to mental health at eight universities across the UK, including Bristol, York and Lancaster.

On average, the drop out rate across all universities was 1,084 percent.

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Student Experience at UoB, Professor Sarah Purdy, said: “Mental health is fast emerging as the single biggest public health issue affecting young people today.

"The scale of the challenges means all universities must re-evaluate every aspect of their student and staff mental health and wellbeing support and provision.”

If you are experiencing any mental health issues or high levels of stress, help is readily available for those that need it.

A list of wellbeing services available to Bristol students can be found here, as well as the Samaritans' helpline.

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