The University should have a comprehensive review of Mental Health Services, with a commitment for significant investment in the Counselling Service, and improving students' experiences with mental health services
Passed: March 2018 (13th)
What's It About?
We need an effective and accessible student-centred counselling and mental health provision on campus. Rising demand, and evidence that the current services are not consistently meeting the support needs of students, requires an urgent review of current services. The failure to provide a consistent support framework is having a significant impact on well being on campus.
The University needs to launch a comprehensive review of these services to ensure all students, regardless of sexuality, faith, background, race or gender – are able to access quality support when they need it. Such a review should include current users, a diverse range of students on campus, staff, pastoral support services and other stakeholders. It should include inquiries into the level of online support provision e.g ability to find information on services online, as well as the number and accessibility of counselling sessions. Once such a review has taken place the University needs to share and act on its findings.
Why Have You Proposed It?
Freedom of Information [FoI] requests reveal that Counselling service funding remained stagnant from 2009-15 (£511,000 in 09/10 and £512,000 in 14/15) which represents a £100,000 cut in real terms.
FoI requests to the Leeds Student Medical Practice also reveal that the Counselling service was booked up from 7th November last semester, showing that the service is under pressure, and needs more resources.
- A consultation at York University, resulted in a £500,000 investment over four years, and the hiring of two new counsellors.
- York also has a dedicated web page that clearly details how to get mental health support, and what to do if you are concerned about yourself or others. Leeds University, by contrast, has an unwieldy section within the student services section of the website, that is highly inaccessible to those already struggling with mental health issues.
Expires: March 2021 (13th)
Submitted By: Daniel Katz
Area of Work: Mental Health
June 2020: Unfortunately there are no major updates to this work over the summer as a result of lots of LUU staff being furloughed (ongoing), as well as the LUU building and campus being closed. As staff return to work and the new Officer team settle into their roles this will be picked up again.
March 2020: Further to work below, at University Council and University Senate Amy (Welfare Officer) asked for more building space for SCWB to reduce waiting list, increase appointments from 4-6, and offer more preventative workshops.
September 2019: Embedded into welfare Officer Amy's objectives and planning.
April 2019: Matt, Welfare Officer, and LUU's Advice Team have been working with University Counselling and Wellbeing Services. Reviews have taken place and additional funding secured, but is an ongoing piece of work as we need to be sure that the service keeps up with increasing student demand. New partnership with Student Minds will provide further opportunities.