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A snapshot of students. Spoiler: they’re not snowflakes

A snapshot of students. Spoiler: they’re not snowflakes

Millennials. The Me generation. Special snowflakes who are obsessed with avocados and being triggered.

You’d expect then that they’d be more than comfortable talking about themselves and their issues, happy to even.

Well, firstly today’s older teens are officially now Generation Z, just so we know.

Secondly, a survey we did for Unihealth shows quite a different picture to the entitled, health-obsessed stereotype of young adults at university now.

With thousands collecting A-level results and preparing to go to university, here’s a quick snapshot of today’s students.

  1. Nearly 10% don’t eat any fruit or veg
    To be exact, when asked how many portions of fruit and vegetables they eat a day on average while at university, 8% answered ‘none’. Another 22% answered ‘one’. So that’s nearly a third of students eating no fruit or veg, or just one piece a day. In fact only 8% manage the recommended five portions. What avo on toast?

  2. Their third biggest stress is cooking
    This might explain number one. But then for this to be such a big worry, it means students do want to cook properly for themselves rather than just rustle up the stereotype staple of beans on toast, even if they don’t feel able to.

  3. Their first biggest stress is making friends
    Imagine moving out of your family home and going to a completely new city where you know no-one and have to live with strangers. With a third also feeling homesick, it’s no wonder having a supportive network of friends is the biggest worry for freshers, especially when good friendships are so vital to good mental health.

  4. 19% have suicidal feelings
    Worryingly, this is nearly a fifth of the students we surveyed. What’s more, nearly half felt depressed and 82% experienced stress and anxiety.

  5. They don’t know where to go for help
    Out of those who didn’t seek the help they needed, a fifth were worried about the cost and 21% were too embarrassed. A whopping 37% simply didn’t know where to ask.

The good news is that the pilot messaging programme we created for Unihealth helped 90% of students know where to go for help or advice. It made 80% less embarrassed about getting support and helped 88% look after themselves. Check out the full student survey, and the results of the Unihealth support service pilot