Health: Students

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 18th March 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the prevelance of (a) stress, (b) loneliness, (c) anxiety, and (d) substance misuse among undergraduate students.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department of Health and Social Care is working closely with the Department for Education to improve the mental health of undergraduate students. Our joint document, ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’, includes a commitment to build a new national strategic partnership with key stakeholders to improve the mental health of 16 to 25 year olds in schools, colleges and universities, by facilitating coordinated action, experimentation and robust evaluation on leadership, prevention and improved data collection.

To support this, the NHS Long Term Plan commits to a comprehensive expansion of mental health services, including a new approach to mental health services for people aged 18-25, supporting transitions to college and to adulthood, with services being adapted to create a comprehensive offer for 0-25-year olds.

NHS England is working closely with Universities UK through the Mental Health in Higher Education programme to build the capability and capacity of universities to improve student welfare services and improve access to mental health services for the student population, including focusing on suicide reduction, and improving access to psychological therapies to support treat students suffering from stress and anxiety.

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