BBC informed universities that a number of students across Scotland need some kind of support. The report of BBC disclosed that around 11,700 students are seeking help in 2016-17 where the ratio was comparatively low around 7,000 in 2012-13. The increasing ratio of Scotland is 68% where the total ratio of the UK is 53% in the same period.
The counsellor, as well as well being staff told the Scotland BBC that they deal diverse cases on this matter such as anxiety, gender-based violence, depression and body dysmorphia.
Connor Smith who had also face a phase of mental difficulties while he was in his 3rd year of computer games development course at the University of West Scotland, said, “I was really shaken up and did not know what to do with myself. I had struggled with my mental health before but the person who took his life was able to help me out of that, so not being able to return the favour had a toll on me. I could not speak to my family because I felt like I was burdening them. I could not speak to my close friends because they were going through the same thing. I forced myself to work at the university but I was not in a good mind space. I really was not enjoying what I was doing.”
The counselling team offered help to Connor quickly. Connor received the counselling for a second time while he was in his final year of studying and struggling with stress, worries of money and overeating.
The director of counselling at the University of Edinburgh, Ronnie Millar said, the concept of “pernicious perfectionism” is increasing among the student and this can affect their mental health.
The head director of psychological services and counselling, Dr Phil Quinn said at the University of Glasgow that there was the greater level of awareness for making the availability of help to the students and few community services also offered to counsel for accessing mental health support.