World Mental Health Day: Students’ Union President Reveals Battle with Depression
Ben Hunt, President of King’s College London’s Students’ Union, on Monday revealed his ongoing battle with depression and anxiety.
The student President gave a speech to KCL students at 1pm to raise awareness of mental health problems as part of World Mental Health day. He hopes his announcement will help other students come forward and engage with the mental health services on offer in the university.
Following his speech, Ben spoke to Jacob Diamond from London Student in an exclusive interview where he elaborated further on the reasons behind his decision to come forward about his experiences.
In his speech, Ben made the following statement:
“I suffer from both depression and anxiety… If you know someone who you think needs help but you haven’t offered it yet, I would ask you, today, message them or talk to them.”
“In the last year, almost 80% of students reported having mental health problems. This message is a call to action around mental health and for us as a community to be proactive in supporting each other, and by talking about my own health, I hope you can do it yourself, or help someone in finding a way to talk about theirs.”
According to Office for National Statistics data, one in five 16 to 24 year-olds are suffering psychological problems. University students continue to struggle with depression and anxiety on campuses across the UK.