counting the days in this era

“Thai adolescents at university level” are adventurous and live their lives on the risk of “illness and accidents”, especially the stress that they have to resort to suicide as a way to solve problems that are likely to increase. more and more

partly due to the change

The “economic and social aspects” that include university life often involve higher responsibilities, including learning, activities and adapting to the environment.

This causes accumulated stress and encourages some people to have inappropriate behaviors, turn to smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs that affect their lives.

Until recently, “

Social Research Institute

Chulalongkorn University in cooperation with Thai Health and NHS

”has surveyed the health of Thai students.

“After experiencing increased stress

Combined with many risk factors in many dimensions”, along with organizing a forum to exchange knowledge and ideas together with 15 universities to find solutions for the well-being of Thai students.

Dr. Sirichet Sangkhaman,

Advisor of the Health Behavior Survey Project of University Students

social research institute

Chulalongkorn University said that economic and social changes, whether at the macro-micro level

and family level

It has become a more complex problem affecting university youth.

Dr. Sirichet Sangkhaman

According to a survey of 9,050 undergraduate students in 15 schools from 5 regions, the problem can be separated into several issues.

The first is...“Mental health and stress”. At present, 30% of students are experiencing sadness. Of these, 4.3% have been diagnosed with depression.

have psychiatric symptoms such as depression,

bipolar disorder

Repeatedly thought about suicide all the time 4% had done self-harm 12% had harmed themselves often 1.3% due to family relationship

and grades

which became the accumulated stress and couldn't find a way out until thinking of suicide

And students in urban areas had a higher risk than those in regional areas.

However, even though the “family institution” has a relationship that causes stress and suicidal thoughts.

But it is often the first choice that students ask for help until they can reduce their problems, with only 10% not asking for help from anyone.

With the current defensive approach to solving problems

“All Thai universities still lack indicators” as a signal to protect and monitor.

“Mental health” that less than 1% of students have access to mental health counseling.

reflect that

"Students are experiencing stress", which is information to answer what will happen in the future.

to find ways to manage and prevent early

"It's not that the students are stressed out and commit suicide."

And bring psychologists to give advice to solve problems as we do today

The next story...“Sedentary Behavior

and food consumption” with a tendency to eat breakfast decreased.

make eating food not on time

“Focus on spicy, high-fat foods” as opposed to less exercise and more sedentary behaviors.

Partly because of the COVID-19 period.

As a result, 1 in 3 students use social media more than 3 hours per day.

As a result, one in four with an inappropriate BMI faces being underweight.

and obesity in a similar proportion

"As a result, the illness is related to office syndrome, increasing both illnesses with back pain.

11% muscle pain, 10.3% migraine, 32.3% short-sightedness, and almost 10% of some people had to use sleeping pills.

Next is...“The use of tobacco, drinking alcohol and drugs” According to the data, 15% of the students use tobacco, of which 5.5% are addicted to cigarettes.

“Within the university fence”, smoking was found to be higher than 40%, most of which were caused by personnel, teachers, housewives, security guards, which violated the law on university areas as even smoke-free areas.

Next is "drinking alcohol" with 9% of students drinking alcohol often and still drinking frequently in universities, about 7%, especially around that university fence.

“There are often many entertainment venues” causing quite a few students to use the service.

As for the use of other drugs such as marijuana and Kratom, it was quite rare, at only 0.4 percent.

However, the issue of "safety in life and property" was found. Behavior of students used to drive a vehicle while intoxicated, 15 percent of these, almost half.

Drinking more than 7 glasses or more, which poses a risk to the safety of life and property, both themselves and road users

and in some people there are serious accidents

What's more, only 30 percent wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle.

Considering the context of the environment, in some places, the hat will be worn only when "police sets up checkpoints" by means of communication within groups of students of each university to warn each other.

But if any university strictly disciplines traffic, students always follow it.

The issue of "gender and sexual behavior" with current open sex, students had sex before they were supposed to be 30% higher because during the reproductive age who had left the house, there was a greater chance of interacting with the opposite sex.

Of these, male students accounted for the highest proportion, 33.4%, female students 27.9%, and LGBTQIA+ 19.9%.

Most of them still have contraception by using condoms.

But there are about 5% without protection when having sex, causing 1 in 5 to have protection at risk of pregnancy.

or sexually transmitted diseases, such as counting the days of external ejaculation

Especially the students in the northern area.

and the Northeast

In the section "Violence and Harassment", there were students who were violently abused.

Divided into emotional abuse from close people, 32.2% were verbally harassed, 32% were physically touched.

Or being molested 8.9% were forced to have sex from someone close to them 7.5% were raped 0.7% and tried to rape but failed 1.2%

making the question

“How could something like this happen in the university fence...?” As for the direction of the violence information

And this abuse can still be found in Bangkok.

and its vicinity than in other areas

let's go to the story

"Financial Burden" About 50% of students have no debt and 50% have financial debt burden. Most of them are tuition fees, such as 40% of student debt, followed by daily life expenses.

housing debt

one remark

“Bangkok and its vicinity” have the highest daily living expenses debt.

Since borrowing money in the system and borrowing from close relatives

But still have less debt than students in regional areas such as "Northeastern Region" with the highest gambling debt is "Lottery debt and football betting debt"

and from those relatives

The problem is that

"That debt matter" often affects

“Students are stressed out”, one of the reasons leading to short thinking.

or attempted suicide

which is a secondary factor from family problems

and study results

As such, "The way to drive health promotion for students in Thailand" needs to be driven at the policy level under 2 approaches: 1. Developing a database to create awareness of the situation at the national level

2. Continuously collect student health behavior data.

to be vigilant

and proactive defense

This is an academic reflection.

"Thai students" are adventurous, beset by multi-dimensional problems.

It became a challenge for the "government" to speed up the health issue in universities to be safer.