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Responses to the effects of stress: the growing importance of promoting student wellbeing

The endemic nature of student stress and its potentially negative effects on student health and effective learning would indicate that strategies to tackle this problem should be a central feature of the student support services of all good universities.

In fact, a cursory review on most UK university student services shows that advice and support which specifically addresses the adverse effects of stress across the student body is patchy at best.

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The extent and impact of student stress

Stress has been described as a modern epidemic and is the second most commonly reported work-related illness.[i] Increases have been reported in a wide variety of groups and occupations and higher education is no exception. Evidence suggests that levels of student stress have risen significantly over the last thirty years or so.

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