Perthshire Advertiser

Students’ study aims to improve mental health

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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. mentalheal­th.org.uk/scotland/supporting­students-thrive

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