Freshers to be offered training to overcome pressures of starting university, Government announces

Freshers to be offered training to overcome pressures of starting university, Government announces

Freshers are to be offered training to overcome the “overwhelming” pressures of starting university, the Government has announced.

Students will be told how to deal with social media and the drive for “perfectionism”, under plans being developed by a new taskforce on mental health.

They will also learn about how to manage finances, how to have realistic expectations of student life and how to make friends.

Damian Hinds, the education secretary, said that moving away from home to start university can be “daunting” for youngsters.

“Juggling challenges like independent studying or managing finances can be hard enough, but with the added element being in a new place, surrounded by new people it can for some be overwhelming,” he said.  

“We need to make sure students have the support they need to thrive at university and help these really be the best days of their life.”

The taskforce, called the Education Transitions Network, will include representatives from Universities UK, Ucas and the National Union of Students.

It is part of a drive by the Department for Education to address the rise in students who report mental health issues during their time at university.

Data released earlier this month showed that the number of students declaring mental health problems on arrival at university has surged.

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