Two-thirds of students believe that mental health problems should be reported to their parents or guardians in "extreme circumstances".
The annual Student Experience Survey, conducted by Advance HE and the Institute for Higher Education Policy, surveyed students on mental health issues for the first time this year.
The survey of more than 14,000 full-time students found that 66% advocated informing parents or guardians "in extreme circumstances" about their mental health problems, while another 15% advocated "under all circumstances".
The survey found that students were much more anxious than other young people. Only 16% said they were "restless" compared to 37% for all 20-24 year olds.
The father of a student who killed himself, James Murray last year called for the loosening of data protection rules that prevent universities from alerting parents to serious child-related mental health problems. His 19-year-old son Ben Murray, who studied English at Bristol University, died in May 2018.
The then Minister of Higher Education, Sam Gyimah, suggested in response that students arriving at the university could be asked to choose a system that would allow a family member or friend to be contacted if they had serious mental health problems Develop health problems – something it is now introduced at Bristol University.
Alison Johns, Advance HE's director, said, "The well-being of students is still a big concern. If a green light is needed for changes so that universities can get in touch with parents and guardians where a person may have mental health issues, we have a very big problem strong signal here to support this change. "
The survey also found that 41% of students rated "good" or "very good" in their degree program, the second year in a row, with an improvement of three percentage points. 29 percent of students said they had a "bad" or "very bad" score, down three percentage points from the previous year and five points since 2017.
For those who thought their course was good value for money, the quality of teaching was the main reason (64%), while tuition fees were the main reason given by students who thought they were worse off -Performance ratio (62%).
Minor changes in average contact hours and workload were noted in the study. Since 2015, there has been a decline in independent studies from 15.2 hours per week to 13.8 and an increase in scheduled contact hours from 13.4 to 13.9 hours.
Johns said the results point to an emerging trend in the students' positive perception of the value for money that is "welcome and encouraging". "It is particularly gratifying that teaching is at the heart of this improvement, and it also reflects the good leadership and sound leadership Advance HE is committed to," she said.
Nicola Dandridge, the director of the student office, said the survey had given a mixed picture. "It is positive that the proportion of students who believe that their course offers good value for money has risen for a second year.
"However, as less than half agree that their course is good value for money, universities clearly need to do more to understand and act on it, which is a good value for money in higher education."