Universities are being told to “dramatically improve” support for students with mental health issues. The BBC reports.
The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care.
It also wants universities to give students an opt-in service for vice chancellors to contact parents.
Universities minister Sam Gyimah is to outline the criteria that institutions need to meet to gain the recognition and is urging them to sign on to the “best practice” charter. It will reward institutions that show they are making student and staff mental health a priority, and have improved mental health and wellbeing outcomes.
Officials will be working with charity Student Minds, Office for Students, Universities UK and the NUS among others to draw up the charter.
“We want to make sure that every young person at university is better supported in the future, as far as their mental health and wellbeing is concerned,” he said.
Holly Moyse, 24, suffered from depression and an eating disorder which worsened when she started at the University of Derby.
“I just felt abandoned really. I didn’t have any support and I felt like I couldn’t tell my friends, I felt like I couldn’t tell my family about it. So I kept going down this slope of poor mental health,” she said.
Mr Gyimah confirmed the government is also looking at how universities and NHS services can work more smoothly together to help students.
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