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The Winter Blues

The crunch of chestnut brown leaves underfoot; a thick layer of fog blankets the Meadows; and the fourth floor of the library is still busy after 10pm. This can only mean one thing: winter is upon us. For many people, winter signifies the most magical time of the year. However, for a handful of us, the […]

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Burnout: Students feel it too

In 2019, the International Classifications of Diseases in 2019 was updated with a new definition of burn-out. WHO now recognises three diagnosable symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion; feeling negative towards one’s career; and reduced professional productivity. [source] So why, in a pandemic which forced the world to a standstill, has burn-out become almost […]

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The Student in conversation with Edinburgh’s 93% Club

Earlier this year, the Higher Education Statistics Authority (HESA) released a report on admissions statistics to UK universities, including data on the proportion of entrants from state and private school backgrounds.  The figures show that 63 per cent of the University of Edinburgh’s students admitted between 2015/16 and 2019/20 attended a state school. This positions […]

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Scots suffering from eating disorders need more support

TW: eating disorders According to Dr Stephen Anderson, Chairman of the Eating Disorders Faculty of Psychiatrists in Scotland, “eating disorders are the deadliest and most lethal of mental health conditions.” Current services for treatment and support in Scotland are unequal across the country and are underfunded.  Maddy Wallace, a student reading Medicine at The University […]

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How to help a friend who is dealing with mental health issues

Content warning: discussion of mental health and suicide.  A common (and often exasperated) response to the questions ‘Are you ok’ or ‘How are you’ is ‘I’m fine’. Indeed, for many people, this really reflects how they feel. However, for a good number of others, it masks a whole accumulation of unspoken thoughts and feelings which […]

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What can universities do to help students with mental illnesses?

Content Warning: Suicide  No one likes to feel forgotten. When pressure to succeed is at an all-time high and social struggles weigh heavily, are students being provided with the support systems they need to remain mentally sound?  The Guardian reports that students disclosing mental health issues in the UK has increased five fold in the […]

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Using animals as mental health respite proves controversial

A herd of alpacas made an appearance at King’s Buildings on November 15, as part of Mental Health and Wellbeing Week at the University of Edinburgh. The event was organised by the Edinburgh University Student’s Association, as part of an effort to demonstrate the positive impact of animals on mental health and wellbeing, while also providing […]