Universities must improve mental health services – Survey

According to a new survey, universities need “immediate improvements” so students get the mental health care they need, reports Manish Pandey for BBC News.

Out of 7,200 students surveyed by charity Humen, nearly half felt mental health difficulties negatively impacted their university experience. The research also revealed only 4% of staff received “adequate training”.

Support should be given “just as much value” as academic results, says River Hawkins, founder of Humen. The research by the mental health charity, across 80 universities, found 57% of students have used mental health services provided by their university, with 47% saying difficulties had a negative impact on their experience. “While it’s encouraging to see a number of universities performing well in Humen’s university mental health league table, all universities need to make immediate improvements,” he added.
Full report on the BBC site