Young adults are considered to be the most at-risk group for depression. Nearly half of all deaths in the 15-24-year age group are due to interpersonal violence, suicides and accidents.
A 2015 study by Stellenbosch University found 12% of students had symptoms of moderate to severe depression and 15% had symptoms of moderate to severe anxiety. The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) states that one in four South African university students’ experiences depression. Furthermore, depending on whether one takes 2012 SAMRC or 2015 Stats SA figures, suicide features in the top five or top nine causes of death among young adults. Many more make an attempt to self-harm.
Managing exam stress – October 2022
A moderate amount of stress can be a good thing. It can sharpen concentration and performance and help to create the energy and motivation we need to keep studying. 

Too much stress, however, can be overwhelming and stop us from being able to study and function healthily in life. Undoubtedly, it would be disappointing if you do not do as well as you hoped. 

Thus, instead of thinking negative thoughts it is helpful to challenge the thoughts (I won’t get a good job, people will think I am stupid, my future is over) with a more realistic assessment of the situation.

Self-help tips for stress – October 2022

HIGHER HEALTH – Key to Graduate Success Webinar – 21 October 2020
A facilitated, virtual round table conversation with key government stakeholders within the post-schooling sector, medical and psychological experts, student leadership, and youth who have the first-hand experience of mental health impacts. 

Additionally, at the center of this initiative, is driving awareness and engagement on pertinent mental health issues facing the post-schooling community and South African youth in general, while continuing to position HIGHER HEALTH as a primary agency concerned with the health of communities within PSET. 

Facilitated by Higher Health CEO Dr Ramneek Ahluwalia and panelists include Deputy Minister Buti Manamela, from WHO Dr Florence Baingana, and Prof Wim de Villiers and other stakeholders.