News 12 August

New Data from Kooth Shows 44% of Students Presenting with Anxiety/Stress Issues

· XenZone releases new data showing that 44% of exam age students are presenting with issues around anxiety/stress
· Almost 10% of exam age male students presented with anger issues, an increase of more than 67%
· 12.2% of exam age females are presenting with eating difficulties

London, UK, August 10 2020 – XenZone, the UK’s largest online digital mental health provider, today released new data revealing that almost 44% of exam age students are presenting with issues of anxiety/stress. The data also revealed that there has been a 26% increase in the number of students presenting with anger issues since last year and that more than one in 10 exam age female students are presenting with eating difficulties.

The online digital mental health service also found:

· There has been a 26% increase in the number of students presenting with anger issues from last year to this year
· More than 10% of all exam age students are presenting with eating difficulties, a sharp increase of 54%
· 14.6% of exam age students are presenting with depression issues as compared to 11.3% of non-exam age students
· Feelings of self-worth have affected 14.4% of exam age students, an increase of 6.7%
· Lack of motivation has been presented by 6% exam age students. This is especially prevalent among girls of exam age, up by 97%

According to Dr. Hannah Wilson, Head of Clinical Governance & Clinical Psychology Lead at XenZone, “We know that exam results can be a source of stress or anxiety at the best of times, but it’s important to remember all of the difficulties that children and young people have also been facing recently. There has been a lot of uncertainty about how exam results will be determined, and young people have also been unable to access a lot of their usual sources of support, such as friends and teachers.

At Kooth, we have seen an increase in the children and young people talking about anxiety/stress, anger, depression, eating difficulties, lack of motivation, and low self-worth. It’s completely understandable that young people may have a lot of different feelings around this time. Please remember you’re not on your own with this and Kooth is here if you need to talk about anything that’s bothering you.”

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About XenZone

We are the UK’s leading online mental health platform. Our mission is to provide accessible and safe spaces for everyone to achieve better mental health. Our online platform is clinically robust and accredited to provide a range of therapeutic support and interventions. All our services are predicated on easy access to make early intervention and prevention a reality.

Our three services are:

  • Kooth: for children and young persons
  • Kooth Student: for university students
  • Qwell: for adults

Kooth is commissioned in 85% of the NHS’s clinical commissioning group areas across the country. It is a fully safeguarded and pre-moderated community with a library of peer and professional created content, alongside access to experienced online counsellors. There are no thresholds for support and no waiting lists. Currently, Kooth sees over 4,000 logins a day.

Kooth Student is aimed at university students and is commissioned by three UK universities.

Qwell operates across distinct locations and serves specific cohorts, including parents, teachers, victims of crime and those who have suffered from or continue to experience domestic violence. It is also offered as a benefit by a number of corporate organisations delivering anonymous digital mental health support services to employees.

XenZone was established in 2001. For more information: www.xenzone.com