This month saw Mental Health Awareness Week, a time when organisations and charities champion the importance of improving access to mental health services and the need for open discussion about mental health. Student accommodation provider Campus Living Villages is committed to addressing the particular issue of student mental health.
Campus Living Villages has improved staff training and introduced a number of different initiatives to help students who are experiencing poor mental health. Over the last year, it has undertaken further work to illustrate the current picture of student mental wellbeing. In January 2018, Campus Living Villages launched Mental Health at University: Bridging the Gap . This report highlighted findings from an online survey, conducted by the Student Room, and looked at what accommodation providers, the Government and universities can do to address the high percentage of students experiencing poor mental health. The key findings from the report were covered by EdQuarter, University Business and PIE News.
The report also became the basis for a Campus Living Villages roundtable with charities, universities and students which took place in February. The discussion focused on how to improve access to mental health services for students, how to reduce the stigma around poor mental health and how to better collaborate to ensure that students who are struggling don’t fall through the gaps. Following the roundtable Campus Living Villages produced a further report, leading to coverage in PIE News. Finally, during Mental Health Awareness Week, the research findings were cited in Study International’s story about the University of Sheffield’s plans for an innovative mental health service.