Counselling services at Uckfield College have been inundated during the Covid-19 pandemic, town councillors have been told.
The news was given during an application for a grant to support the service and the councillors agreed the sum of £2,000 for the next financial year.
College counsellor, Chris King, told the finance sub committee that the service had carried on through the lockdowns, much of the time via email and phone conversations.
This had enabled him to be be in contact with more students than face-to-face meetings which took place in the summer and autumn.
Mr King said: “We have been deluged. The number of referrals that came through the preceding autumn more than doubled this autumn.”
He said the root of the problems was at home.
Spending long periods in those four walls only exacerbated the problems students face, he said.
Mr King said there were early discussions within the college about expanding the service by either extending his hours or hiring a second counsellor.
The grant award is subject to approval by next month’s town council general purposes committee.