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Mental health: calls for more support for university students, as government pledges new task force

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The Universities Minister has visited Leeds as part of an awareness day for students suffering mental health conditions.

Chris Skidmore, the Minister of State for Universities, met with staff and students from the Leeds University Union. He also spoke to representatives from Student Minds, a mental health charity for students, which recently moved from Oxford to Leeds.

The visit comes on University Mental Health Day, which aims to increase awareness of the provisions in place for young people who may be struggling to cope.

It also coincides with a government announcement, which promised to set up a special task force to support students dealing with the challenges of moving into higher education.

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Meanwhile, in Sheffield, the University Students' Union has called for more resources.

A statement by Katharine Swindells, the Welfare Officer, described the student mental health situation as a "crisis" and demanded it receive "the attention and resources it deserves".

"I want to see students and staff talking more openly about mental health, feeling more comfortable to ask for help and more comfortable offering it.

"But I also want to see us using our voices in a bigger way – speaking out on a local and national level about the student mental health crisis, and demanding it receives the attention and resources it deserves.

"Our voices are powerful, so let's use them."

– Katharine Swindells, SU Welfare Officer