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University of Birmingham has no specific mental health policy

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An investigation by Huffington Post has revealed the University of Birmingham does not have a specific mental health policy.

Student mental health is an ever growing issue. Ninety-five students died by suicide while studying at university last year according to ONS data. Despite this, the University of Birmingham has admitted it does not have a specific student mental health policy.

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The prestigious institution has a student population of around 30,000 but has no single mental health policy, instead it uses a “collection of advice” on a “case-by-case basis”.

This shocking revelation comes after The Tab reported in February that Birmingham only employs SIX qualified mental health counsellors and was even forced to suspend it’s counselling sign-up access last December following “high demand”.

In recent years, Birmingham has faced calls to improve its mental health provisions.

The family of a Birmingham student who took his own life in 2017, after he was forced to retake his third year, criticised the university for their failure in making them aware of his deteriorating mental health. His mum said: "Why didn't [the university] contact us if they knew something was drastically wrong? They have a duty of care towards their students."

Another Birmingham student who died by suicide in April this year was said to have fallen into a ‘black hole’ in mental health services according to an inquest into his death.

Do you need mental health support? Or want to talk to someone? These are useful contacts:

Samaritans

Call 116 123

Email jo@samaritans.org

24-hour emotional support for anyone struggling to cope.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) – for men

Call 0800 58 58 58 – 5pm to midnight every day

Visit the webchat page

Provides listening services, information and support for men at risk of suicide.

Nightline

nightline.ac.uk

Lists contact information for support and listening services run in universities and colleges across the UK.

Switchboard

switchboard.lgbt

0300 330 0630

LGBT+ helpline. Provides listening services, information and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities across the country.




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