Universities are being told to “dramatically improve” support for students with mental health issues (writes BBC Education).
The government is announcing it will award a certificate of excellence to institutions which meet new standards of mental health care. It also wants universities to give students an opt-in service for vice chancellors to contact parents.
This would mean if students find themselves in a mental health crisis their relatives can be alerted. Earlier this week, the Office for National Statistics published data suggesting 95 students took their own lives in England and Wales in the 12 months to July last year.