BMA report

Mental health report of medical students in Wales

The Welsh medical students committee conducted a mental health survey of medical students in Wales to learn about mental health at university. Read the findings.

Location: Wales
Audience: Medical academics
Updated: Tuesday 8 September 2020
Topics: Your wellbeing, NHS delivery and workforce
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What you will get from this guidance

  • Insight into the mental health experiences of medical students in Wales
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of mental health support available
  • Recommendations to improve mental health support for medical students in Wales


Key findings

  • 70% have faced mental health issues at university
  • 85% said their mental health had adversely affected their studies
  • 58% received mental health support from their university
  • 1 in 10 who sought mental health support subsequently decided not to engage with it
  • 3 in 5 did not find it easy to discuss personal problems with their tutor


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  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Respondents
  • Key survey findings
  • Figure 1: General health vs Mental health
  • Figure 2: Types of mental health issues experienced
  • Figure 3: Adverse effects of mental health
  • Figure 4: Reasons for not engaging with mental health support
  • Figure 5: Reasons for not seeking mental health support
  • Figure 6: Ways to improve access to support
  • Recommendations