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Students call for better mental health services after death


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Aberdeen students are campaigning for increased mental health provisions in the wake of a student's death.

An open letter from students calls for more funding for mental health issues as students currently "wait months" to be treated.

The calls come after a first year law student Emily Drouet was found dead in her halls of residence earlier this month.

Police have said the death was not suspicious.

The letter, posted on the Students of Aberdeen University Facebook page, blasted university bosses: "Whilst help is available at the University of Aberdeen, it is not sufficient: if this remains the case, then more students will potentially be at risk.

"Our students wait months for counselling services, even in emergencies. Psychiatrists seem to be a scarcity at our medical practice."

A former student at the university said mental health services on campus were "a joke at best and nonexistent at worse", and cited the lack of help as the reason she voluntarily withdrew.

Mental health provisions are now a priority target for many universities, with the government announcing a pledge to improve NHS services earlier this year.



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