Salford University is piloting a new specialist mental health scheme as part of a wider initiative.

The new service hopes to transform mental health provision for university students across Greater Manchester and provide wide-ranging support on a range of complex mental health conditions.

Salford University is home to around 20,000 students – a large percentage of which are young adults.

According to the World Health Organisation, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem at one point in their lives.

Furthermore, a 2016 study by Health Minds Network found that a third of university students don’t know where to access the right support for their mental health.

The aim of the service is to provide more accessible support and break down the barriers that stop so many getting help early.

The new service for students has also been launched at four other Manchester universities.

A 2018  study shows that that drop out rates have trebled due to poor mental health in students.

The scheme hopes to tackle the rise in drop out rates at universities.

Salford University also has other schemes in place for students who struggle with mental health conditions.

As a response from students, the university now provides well-being support at the Media City campus.

There are also well-being staff and student led group, Rafik where students can get help too.

Specialist advice and support for students is available from organisations such as Mind and the Samaritans.

For more information on the support available on campus, click here



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