UK students waiting up to three months for mental health care

Students with mental health problems are being forced to wait up to 12 weeks for help from their university, prompting fears that some may take their own lives during the delay. The Guardian reports.

Undergraduates at the Royal College of Music in London had to wait the longest to start counselling last year, with the worst case being 84 days, figures collected by British universities show.

Sir Norman Lamb, the ex-health minister who obtained the data, said  “Twelve-week delays to start counselling are scandalous, particularly when we know that so many students are taking their own lives,” he said. “That’s longer than a university term.”

Responding to Lamb’s findings, Tom Madders, campaigns director at the charity YoungMinds, said: “It is very worrying that there is considerable variation in the level of mental health support offered at universities around the country. Counselling for students should not be a postcode lottery.”

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