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Trends in mental health, self-harm and suicide attempts in 16 to 24-year old students and non-students in England, 2000-2014

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalSocial Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Oct 2019
DatePublished (current) - 30 Oct 2019


There are concerns about high levels of mental ill-health amongst university students, but little is known about the mental health of students compared to non-students over time. Using data on young people (16-24) from three UK National Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys (2000, 2007 and 2014), we found no evidence that the overall prevalence of common mental disorder (CMD), suicide attempts, or non-suicidal self-harm (NSSH) differed between students and non-students, although there was an indication that CMDs rose markedly in female students between 2007 and 2014. A rise in NSSH is apparent in both students and non-students.

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