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“The services failed me”: investigation discovers university giving cold shoulder to vulnerable students

CW: suicide, racial violence “The funding and structure of the services failed me.” These are the words of ‘Hannah’, a current second-year student, who, in winter 2019, contacted university support services for help after her mental health significantly deteriorated. She was experiencing severe suicidal ideation as a culmination of previous complex mental health issues, the […]

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A personal account of the stigma surrounding mental health

I’ve read so many articles in the past few years about reducing stigmas surrounding mental health. It’s great that so many people feel they want to write about their thoughts or experiences, and even better share them, but the reasoning behind their compulsion is bleaker. Rates of suicide rose by 10.9% in the UK in 2018, […]

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Mental health support in schools: is it enough?

We are used to reading headlines warning us that the mental health of children and young people is ‘at crisis point’. Rates of anxiety, depression and self-harm are soaring, leaving vulnerable young people on waiting lists unable to access support. A recent poll by the National Association of Head Teachers reveals that in 2019, 66% […]

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Current university counselling waiting times are unacceptable

New data from the former health secretary Sir Norman Lamb has revealed that students across the UK have had to wait up to three months in order to receive mental health support. Students are paying up to £9250 a year and are not getting access to the support they need. They are being failed by […]

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The Buchanan Institute researches satisfaction levels with University counselling service

The Buchanan Institute has launched a research initiative focused on the counselling service, with the aim of explaining the discrepancy between the 99 per cent approval rating for the counselling service as stated in their annual report and lower figures found in student satisfaction research done as part of a nap pod proposal. The research […]