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Students’ study aims to improve mental health


The Mental Health Foundation Scotland is calling on students living in Perth and Kinross to take part in an online survey to help improve support at universiti­es and colleges.

Believed to be the largest ever study of student mental health in Scotland, it is hoped that over 40,000 students will get involved in the two-year project.

In this first phase of study, students at the 19 Scottish universiti­es are invited to share their views in an online survey and help drive positive change in the provision of mental health prevention and support for students across the country.

A survey will be available for college students in the next stage of the project.

Julie Cameron, associate director at Mental Health Foundation Scotland, said: “We know that in the past year the pandemic has had a huge impact on student wellbeing but even before that there were challenges, and also opportunit­ies to improve student mental health and the support available.

“We’re eager to hear from students about their experience­s, both positive and negative.

“We want to learn from their knowledge and ideas about what works and what’s needed to prevent and support mental health problems at university.

“This is a real opportunit­y for us to better understand and revolution­ise mental health support for all students within our universiti­es.”

It is anticipate­d that the results of the university study survey and subsequent recommenda­tions for mental health support within universiti­es will be available later this year.

To find out more about Thriving Learners and to participat­e in the survey, visit www. mentalheal­­students-thrive

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