The University of Bolton recognises the importance of taking a whole University approach to student mental health and wellbeing. Mental health and wellbeing interconnects with all aspects of student life, and all members of the University family will encounter unique experiences in relation to their mental health and wellbeing. The student population is becoming increasingly reflective of the UK’s wider socioeconomic make-up. Over the past decade, there has been a fivefold increase in students disclosing a Mental Health condition to their institution. Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Around 75% of adults with Mental Health needs experience symptoms before the age of 25.
In the spring of 2019, the University of Bolton Executive Board commissioned a review of mental health and wellbeing support services for students. The increase in demand on the mental health and wellbeing support services at the University was increasing year upon year. Following this, the University made significant investment into student support services which included the expansion of the Life Lounge (student Mental Health and Wellbeing Service).
For further information on this article, including World Suicide Prevention Day 2021 and support contacts for students and staff please see here.
To view the University’s Mental Health Strategy please see here.
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