University of East Anglia to expand mental health support

BBC is reporting that a university accused of letting down students over mental health support says it is speeding up plans to expand its services.

The University of East Anglia said it would increase the budget from £620,000 in 2017/18 to £1.4m next year.

Four students have died in the past 10 months, and a petition calling for better mental health support has been signed 4,000 times in 24 hours.

The UEA announced on Wednesday it would release an extra £250,000 for support services, a day after a first-year student was found dead in his room.

It has now said it will add a further £250,000 to the budget from August.

Beverley Bishop, whose 20-year-old son Jess Fairweather took his own life in October after two weeks at the university, welcomed the extra funding.

“There can never be too much support – there’s always more that can be done,” she said.

Many students had reported waiting months to access the university’s mental health services.

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