One fifth of students in higher education suffer mental illness – study

A study coordinated by the University of Évora (UÉ) has concluded that one fifth of higher education students suffer from some kind of mental illness and, of these, almost half were diagnosed after the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. A UÉ academy statement on the study released today says that “19. 2% of participants reported that they had been diagnosed with some form of mental illness, and of these, four out of 10 (40.5%) were diagnosed after the start of the pandemic”. The study, coordinated by UÉ and involving seven Portuguese higher education institutions and another 10 from seven countries in Europe and South America gathered 3,143 responses to surveys launched, symbolically, on World Mental Health Day last year, 10 October 2022.