Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
How well are the UK’s universities equipped to meet the challenge posed by students’ mental health and wellbeing needs? On the one hand, there is a growing public narrative suggesting a ‘crisis’ in students’ mental health, with frequent stories of long delays in accessing counselling, and tragic reports of student suicides. On the other, young people today are often accused of being ‘snowflakes’ unable to cope with ordinary life events. What these narratives are likely to conceal, though, is the real extent of poor mental health and wellbeing within the student population; the extent to which this has changed over time; the reasons why this may have changed over time; the extent to which universities are currently meeting the challenge; and what more can be done (including by government and other actors such as the NHS). This report - published by the Institute for Public Policy Research and written by Craig Thorley - looks to provide answers to these questions.
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