Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

Weekly Digest #129: Students Under Stress

When one of our very first guest bloggers reached out to us recently asking about resources for students under severe stress, we realized that we hadn’t broached this issue on our blog yet. This hugely important issues will take more than a quick digest to explore, so expect more on this topic in the future. Stress can come in many forms, but can be severely exacerbated from lack of access to essential resources such as food, money, and health services. In this digest, we mainly set the scene with respect to the problems many students are facing; in later digests and posts, we hope to provide more resources for interventions or strategies that have helped.

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1) It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry

By Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab @saragoldrickrab

Sara Goldrick-Rab is a tireless advocate for ending student hunger and homelessness. In this article, she explains why the problem of food insecurity exists for students, and calls for changes in the way financial aid is calculated in the US. You will also find many relevant resources on her website.


2) Record Numbers of College Students Are Seeking Treatment for Depression and Anxiety — But Schools Can't Keep Up

By Katie Reilly @katiemacreilly

This article explores the phenomenon of rising anxiety and depression amongst college students, and what different organizations are doing to help.


3) Theories of work-related stress
By Dr. Sally Pezaro @SallyPezaro

Sally Pezaro has an interesting blog where she talks about teaching and her research into midwifery. In this post, she explores different theories of work-related stress, a lot of which are also relevant to student stress.


4) Effects of stress on college students’ eating habits
By Olivia Shackleton

Hungry students are stressed, but are stressed students hungry? This well-referenced blog post explores the complex relationship between stress and diet.

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5) Mind and Student Minds

We wanted to end this digest on a positive note. Charities such as Mind and Student Minds (both in the UK) are working on providing resources for students who find themselves in difficult situations due to unmet needs.

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