Throughout the university experience, students can be affected by poor mental health. Mental health difficulties can adversely affect students’ ability to engage with their studies, make friends, and make the most of their university experience, regardless of whether they are struggling with loneliness, anxiety, or depression.
This blog examines six major ways in which poor mental health can negatively affect student experience.
- Passion and Energy
- Sociability and Relationships
A number of universities now track student engagement levels in order to identify students who may need assistance. Institutions often point to lower engagement with studies among students facing mental health challenges. It is common for students with mental health challenges to seem less interested in their classes, unwilling to participate in discussion, and less frequent attendees.
It is common for mental health challenges to impact academic engagement. Students who are experiencing mental health risks may suddenly develop lower levels of engagement, or seem less proactive. These symptoms are indicators that they are at risk for mental health issues.
Furthermore, students with mental health issues may find it difficult to concentrate in a seminar or lecture. Their mental health may be suffering, or they may be preoccupied with other problems in their lives.
Academic subjects often have a direct impact on involvement and concentration, which can have a direct effect on achievement. Students who are dealing with mental health issues may suffer a drop in grades or be unable to respond effectively to the high-pressure demands of tests and assignments.
Those who are dealing with mental health issues may appear indifferent or unengaged in their long-term success. Whether it’s progressing through the course or thinking about long-term professional goals and future employment, mental health hazards can frequently obstruct long-term thinking. Students may find it difficult to think beyond the current day or their immediate difficulties.
5. Passion and Energy
Not all mental health consequences are related to academic performance. Mental health issues may have an impact on a student’s character and demeanour. This might result in a student having less energy, appearing less enthused about university life, and failing to participate in extracurricular activities and social events.
6. Sociability and Relationships
Students facing mental health risks can often very quickly become less sociable or less interested in making new friends or building relationships. Those around the student may notice they become withdrawn and unwilling to take part in social activities. Many students facing mental health risks need a support network and friends around them to help them and the change in these relationships can be a key warning sign.