Mind Cymru’s response to the ‘Mental Health Support in Higher Education’ report by the Children, Young People and Education Committee
Simon Jones, Head of Policy & Campaigns, Mind Cymru, said:
“We’re pleased to see the publication today of the Committee report addressing the increasing mental health challenges faced by university students.
“While heading off to university is undoubtedly a joyous and exciting time for undergraduates, it’s also a time of great uncertainty, which for some young people will include moving away from home for the first time and can be especially difficult for those experiencing existing mental health issues.
“Current external pressures, such as the cost of living crisis and poverty, also contribute to this picture, and the recommendations in the report will go a long way to highlighting the need for enhanced support for students during this pivotal time of life.
“We’re really pleased that the report has also acknowledged Mind Cymru’s Sort the Switch campaign as part of its focus on the challenges young people with existing mental health problems face as they move from CAMHS to adult mental health services. It’s really encouraging to know that our concerns, and those of the young campaigners we have worked with, have been listened to and are reflected.
“We are also particularly pleased to see a strong emphasis on specific groups and tailored support, for example how we can better support international students who may struggle more palpably with isolation and loneliness, and the recommendation to provide all students with a level of mental health training is invaluable – as this will help to reduce stigma, raise awareness and encourage help-seeking.
“Overall, we are pleased that many of the recommendations align with the evidence we provided the Committee. We hope that Welsh Government will consider this report carefully and respond positively to the recommendations made.”