Government creates new student mental health taskforce

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A new taskforce has been set up by Education Secretary Damian Hinds to support students to deal with the challenges that starting university can include to preserve their mental health.

On University Mental Health Day (7 March), Mr Hinds announced that a new taskforce will look at how students moving from sixth-form or college to university can be better supported in their crucial first year, building on the work already underway across the sector to improve support for student mental health.

Rosie Tressler, CEO of Student Minds, said:

We often hear from students and in our research that times of transition can significantly impact student wellbeing throughout their university experience. We therefore welcome the work of the Education Transitions Network, in enabling further collaborations in this space.

Professor Steve West, Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol, said:

Universities welcome the Secretary of State’s focus on student mental health. It is very much aligned with our core mission to enable students and staff to thrive by ensuring that mental health and wellbeing is a core part of all universities’ activities.

Universities UK is currently leading a task group to explore how students’ families and friends can be better involved in mental health support and care while ensuring the confidentiality rights of students are fully respected.

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