Students: Mental Health Services

Department for Education written question – answered on 9th September 2019.

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Photo of Preet Kaur Gill Preet Kaur Gill Shadow Minister (International Development)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what steps he is taking to ensure that families of a student with mental health problems at university are kept updated on the mental health of that student.

Photo of Gavin Williamson Gavin Williamson The Secretary of State for Education

Mental health is a priority for this government, which is why we continue to work closely with the sector on issues including the disclosure of students’ mental health concerns to their families.

We have asked Universities UK (UUK) to explore an opt-in requirement for higher education providers, which would give providers permission to share information on a student’s mental health with a trusted person. UUK are developing an information sharing consensus and guidance for the sector, which will be launched later this year. This work has been informed by consultation with students and the sector and will seek to balance ensuring students, as young adults, are at the centre of any decisions made about their care with giving students every possible opportunity to choose to receive support from families and trusted friends.

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