Student Stress Questionnaire

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Summary of report content

Healthwatch Bristol and Healthwatch South Gloucestershire engaged with students studying at the University of the West of England and Bristol University to find out their experiences of feeling stressed or feeling under pressure. This questionnaire was conducted in order to try to better understand students’ experiences of stress, for instance, what causes students stress and what students do to manage their feelings of stress. This includes which health or wellbeing services students used (if any), and their opinions of the care they received from these services. Information was gathered in order to try and improve students’ mental health services and see what local students think can be done to improve student wellbeing and mental health support. Of the fifty-four students that responded, the high majority stated that they had experienced stress of some kind, mainly relating to university work and deadlines or thinking about their future. Students mentioned that they had used a few Bristol based services to help combat their feelings of stress, such as the UWE wellbeing service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Bristol Mental Health Assessment Team. Recommendations made as a result of the questionnaire encourage that information is given to students about what to do and who to contact during stressful times, and more information on self help should be made available.

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General details

Report title 
Student Stress Questionnaire
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Bristol
Healthwatch South Gloucestershire
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 January, 2015
Date evidence capture began 
Thursday, 1 January, 2015
Date evidence capture finished 
Thursday, 1 January, 2015
Type of report 
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Information providing
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Primary research method used 
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of disabilities 
Mental health
What type of pregnancy or maternity themes are included in the report 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
18-24 years
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Not known
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Not known
Does the information include staff's views? 
Not known
Does the information include other people's views? 
Not known
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.