Rorisang Kgosana
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
23 Mar 2021
5:17 pm

Mental health issues plaguing SA’s struggling students

Rorisang Kgosana

The ongoing battle of student protests has further exacerbate mental health issues among students, and could lead to crime if left ignored.

Wits University students demonstrate outside a campus in Parktown, 9 March 2021, Johannesburg, during a protest as they demand that all academically deserving students must be allowed to register, including those with historical debt. Picture: Michel Bega

While students of the country continue to fight for free education, they are also saddled with a continuous battle against mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. According to experts these issues require urgent attention at community level, as leaving them untreated could lead to criminal acts and a never-ending vicious cycle. Since the Covid-19 pandemic exacerbated mental health issues across all age groups, depression and anxiety are issues much more frequently seen among students in the country. ALSO READ: Isolation, financial stress lead to lockdown mental health pandemic These are further exacerbated by academic and financial pressures and...