In a recent survey conducted by PeakMind, a leading digital platform focusing on students’ mental health and suicide prevention in India, alarming statistics have emerged regarding the mental well-being of students. The survey, which encompassed over 10,000 students, aimed to uncover prevalent mental health challenges impacting their daily lives.

Key findings from the survey include:

  • 41% of respondents reported experiencing sleep disturbances, indicating a widespread disruption in sleep patterns.
  • 35% of students admitted to struggling with self-esteem issues.
  • Approximately 32% reported experiencing excessive worrying or overthinking on a daily basis.
  • 29% acknowledged feeling easily annoyed and irritable.
  • 28% expressed diminished interest and pleasure in activities, indicative of symptoms of depression or emotional disengagement.

PeakMind pioneers AI-driven mental health and suicide prevention solutions, addressing accessibility, user engagement, and effectiveness challenges. Through AI algorithms, it analyses user data for personalised recommendations while ensuring anonymity. Moreover, PeakMind empowers institutes with AI-derived insights to identify at-risk students accurately, emphasizing proactive suicide prevention efforts. With a focus on leveraging AI for positive impact, PeakMind leads in revolutionising mental health support, offering scalable solutions prioritising user privacy and actionable insights.

The findings from the PeakMind survey paint a concerning picture of the mental health landscape among students:

  1. A staggering 41% of respondents disclosed experiencing sleep disturbances, such as difficulty sleeping or excessive sleeping, indicating a widespread disruption in their sleep patterns with potential implications for their overall health and well-being. 
  2. 35% of students admitted to feeling poorly about themselves, highlighting the prevalence of self-esteem issues within the student demographic.
  3. approximately 32% of respondents reported experiencing worrying too much or overthinking on a daily basis, suggesting heightened levels of anxiety and stress within the student population. 
  4. 29% of students acknowledged becoming easily annoyed and irritable, potentially impacting their emotional well-being and interpersonal relationships. 
  5. 28% of respondents expressed little interest and pleasure in doing things, indicating symptoms of depression or emotional disengagement.

Dr. Nimesh G Desai, Senior Consultant Psychiatrist and Public Health professional, Ex-Director IHBAS,  emphasised the importance of introducing mental well-being support at the school level to address issues related to academic performance and challenging behaviours, “The growing number of mental health issues necessitate the introduction of mental well-being support and guidance at the school level. Since prevention is better than cure, the earlier psychological support structures are put in place, the better. Issues related to academic performance and challenging behaviours faced by students should be factored in school mental health programs. Moreover, ‘conduct disorders’ often stem from family issues and bullying, highlighting the need for accessible referral services and providing treatment options to parents and families.

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Neeraj Kumar, Founder & CEO, PeakMind  highlighted the significance of prioritising students’ mental health and providing necessary resources and support systems to cope with these challenges effectively, “These findings are deeply concerning and emphasise the urgent need for proactive measures to support students’ mental health and well-being. It is our collective responsibility to prioritise the mental health of students and provide them with the necessary resources and support systems to cope with these challenges effectively.”

PeakMind stands out as a platform promising complete privacy, enhanced accessibility, and expert help for students grappling with academic and personal stress. With the motto “Har baccha, karega accha”, PeakMind is committed to equipping every student with the tools for nurturing psychological strength.

This survey sheds light on the pressing need to foster a supportive and inclusive environment that promotes mental wellness and resilience among students. It calls for collaborative efforts from educational institutions, healthcare professionals, and policymakers to address these challenges effectively.

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