Supporting student mental health

As well as being a kind of social space for the community, Common Ground's social purpose is to support student mental health.  

In the portfolio of support for students we are a relatively quiet space to come and just 'be' on your own terms -somewhere with other people around, but where you can or don't need to engage with others.  Since we have a relatively low rate of sale, our barista's usually have time to be friendly and chat, and make you feel welcome.

HSP's -Highly Sensitive People might be feeling the pressure from exams, social media, peers and life in general and this is a great place to work or come to classes, events and workshops, or just pop in for a coffee.

University mental health day at Common Ground

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1 in 10 students in the UK has a diagnosable mental health problem; this translates to 3 students in every classroom who teachers are interacting with on a daily basis.

The following is UK data and not specific to Oxford

Mental health is a serious issue:  One in four students suffer from mental health problems (Source:YouGov 2016)

“Stress and anxiety are making day to day life difficult for hundreds of thousands of students”


'Sharp rise' in student mental illness tests universities: Almost five times as many students as 10 years ago have disclosed a mental health condition to their university.  (Source: Institute of Public Policy Research IPPR)


In 2015-16, more than 15,000 UK-based first-year students disclosed mental health issues. The 2006 figure was about 3,000 and the rise risks overwhelming university services, the IPPR says.  Universities UK said student mental health was "a strategic priority".


The report notes that official statistics show student suicides rose sharply between 2007 and 2015 - from 75 to 134.

And separate figures show a record 1,180 students with mental health problems dropped out of university in 2015, a rise of 210% on five years earlier.

Framework approach: Universities UK. 

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