mental health



NUS calls for urgent action on mental health

28th November 2021

The National Union for Students (NUS) Scotland has responded to new mental health research by urging universities to devise an action plan for improving student wellbeing. NUS Scotland has expressed profound concern for student mental health in the UK, following a new research published earlier this month by the Mental Health Foundation. According to the ...


Making self-care work for you

15th October 2021

In the first installment of our self-care series, Katrina Williams discusses why self-care days aren’t always realistic. Let’s cut to the chase: university students barely have any time to spare outside of lectures, homework, societies, part-time work and (arguably most importantly) late-night benders. Thus, the miraculous, idealised, oh-so-dreamy concept of taking a full day off ...


Remembrance and prevention: why universities should record student suicides

14th October 2021

Writer Michael Conway discusses the benefits of more universities recording student suicides. CW: Suicide In 2019, 15 Scottish universities were asked by investigative journalism team The Ferret, through the Freedom of Information Act, to reveal how many of their students had committed suicide in the previous three years. Responses showed that 14 out of the ...


It’s time to put mental health before medals

22nd September 2021

Is the sporting world finally ready to commit to confronting the mental health crisis?  When Simone Biles withdrew from the Olympic women’s team event last month, the world’s greatest gymnast exposed that the heaviest burden of the Olympics is often the expectation to perform in them. Unlike most other athletes, Biles is held to the ...


How the 2018 World Cup saved my mental health

10th June 2021

Dylan Brewerton-Harper looks back on the emotional and meaningful experience he undertook whilst watching the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. It’s finally June and Euros fever is kicking in. England’s campaign begins on 13 June against Croatia, with the Three Lions looking to exact revenge on the team that ended English semi-final dreams at ...


Breaking down the Sally Rooney frenzy

5th May 2021

Is her literary success reflective of a society-wide mental health crisis? Ahead of the release of her third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You this September, the buzz around Sally Rooney’s writing does not seem set to diminish any time soon. The success of the TV adaptation of Normal People has only widened her readership ...


Counting calories and the road to recovery

25th April 2021

Following the tragic news of Nikki Graeme’s death, our Deputy News Editor Lucy shares her own eating disorder experience and discusses what the health service and society need to do better to support sufferers. Content warning: eating disorders, mental health For the last five years, I’ve struggled through an eating disorder. I find it hard ...


Thriving learners study to focus on mental health and wellbeing of students in Scotland

21st April 2021

This first-of-its-kind study hopes to get an understanding of how successful mental health measures are for students. The University of Glasgow is supporting the Mental Health Foundation as part of Universities Scotland to undertake the Thriving Learners Study.  This is the first study of its kind, focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of students ...


New report on student experiences in the pandemic released

5th April 2021

Two-thirds of students feel their mental health has been negatively impacted, compared to only 14% who cite positive benefits. Two thirds of students feel their mental health has been negatively impacted during the Covid-19 pandemic, new research has found.  This data comes from a recent report produced by the Higher Education Policy titled: “Students’ views ...


Psycho killer, qu’est-ce que c’est?

14th March 2021

Misrepresentation of mental illness in cinema is a problem, but what’s the solution? The psychopath has been an archetypal character since cinema began and seems to only get more popular as time goes on. We have all grown used to these characters and the tropes of thriller or horror films, increasingly familiar with the real ...