Mental Health in Higher & Further Education

Young people are disproportionately affected by mental health problems at the pivotal time of moving into adulthood. Promoting good mental health is fundamental to ensuring that students get the most of out of their further and higher education.

I welcome that universities are being asked to significantly improve their mental health support to students. As you are aware, a new University Mental Health Charter is being created to produce new standards to promote student and staff mental health and wellbeing. This will be developed in partnership with the wider higher education sector and the charity Student Minds. The Department for Education will also lead a working group into the transition students face when going to university, to ensure they have the right support in place. The Department has also said it will seek to develop a workable disclosure agreement for universities, giving them permission to share information on student mental health with parents or a trusted person.

The Government has also announced its intention to set up a new national strategic partnership to focus on improving the mental health of 16-25 year olds. This will join up key parties to encourage better coordination of services and ensure better results for students.  Following an initial meeting, the government departments and other organisations are working together to consider how to take this forward.