Mental Health in Universities: your thoughts

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10th October is World Mental Health Day. As we raise awareness about Mental Health, I thought it was important to address the issues of mental health at universities.

It's an area that a lot of unis are starting to pay more attention to in relation to student experience, and the Office for Students in particular are working improving provision across the sector (and providing funding too).

What do you think need the most attention regarding university mental health?

Would you like to see more peer-to-peer support? Do you think issues need tackling at grass-roots level on things like loneliness or would you prefer to see funding spent to widen services for more acute mental health treatment at universities?




The focus of this year's world mental health day is about suicide prevention. Are you familiar with any efforts at your university on suicide prevention and promoting mental health awareness?

What would you like to see your university in particular do more?

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My university (not afraid to say it was Teesside!) was atrocious for providing MH support. My dad commited suicide in my final year and I remember going to a drop-in session with a counsellor that I was 'signposted' (binned off) by my tutor to go and see. The person I was speaking to was just consulting a BOOK as I was talking to them, and filling in a form. What the ****? There was simply no active listening or any soft skills whatsoever. In my case, the provision for one to one support was there, but the staff had zero soft skills. If you're dealing with vulnerable students it's not enough to provide service in quantity, that **** needs to be quality too or you risk causing more damage. I lost all faith in my faculty after that experience and I basically told my tutor he's a joke for referring me to that service. The people delivering it were logical book worms - not socialable, not warm or empathetic. I was truly disgusted.
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