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Two-thirds of students supporting a child's mental health crisis, an annual survey suggests.

There have been concerns about student suicides and the survey indicated worsening levels of anxiety on campus.

Only 14% reported "life satisfaction", in this study of 14,000 UK students.

And most thought even though students were independent, parents should be informed

Published by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and Advance HE, this is one of the biggest annual reports of those currently studying in the UK's universities.

'Under pressure'

The 2019 's being well attended, with just 18% saying they were happy, 17% saying their life was "worthwhile" and only 16% having low levels of anxiety, with all these for the rest of their age group.

It showed that they were "extreme" problems – and a further 15% thought universities should be able to contact parents in "any circumstances" where there were mental health worries.

There were 18% who thought universities should not be allowed to get in touch with parents.

The University of Bristol, which has a number of student suicides, has a scheme in which students can opt-in to parents or with 95%.

Nick Hillman, Director of Hepi, said the survey showed that "being away from friends and family" and "struggling" with the "big break" from home.

Report author Jonathan Neves said it showed how "under a lot of pressure".

Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said: "The survey dispels the fiction that students do not want their parents and guardians involved.

"It's incredibly difficult for many students to transition to university, and having parents and guardians," said Sir Anthony.

Value for money

Last month, Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed a report from Philip Augar calling for a cut in tuition fees in England – saying the maximum should be reduced from £ 9,250 to £ 7,500 per year.

The survey showed that for the 29% of students who thought they were getting "poor" or "very poor" value for money, the biggest factor was the level of fees.

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The proportion saying they were getting "good" or "very good" value had risen – but only to 41%.

Within the UK, students in Scotland, where there are no fees for Scottish students, were much more likely to think they had good value, compared with those in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The most common driving factor for those with positive views is the quality of teaching – and the report suggests improving the teaching to increase the perception of good value.

But the survey showed the average number of "contact hours", where students were directly taught in class, had not significantly increased – from 13.4 hours per week in 2015 to 13.9 hours this year.

Mr Hillman said the survey showed "how to deliver for students".

"They want to be stretched, they want clearer feedback and they want more support for mental health challenges," he said.

Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the higher education regulator, the Office for Students, said the survey "paints a mixed picture".

She added: "Some of the findings should give serious pause for thought.

"It is positive that the proportion of students who believe in their value for money has increased for a second year.

"However, there is much more to do for universities," she said.