£2m funding for mental health support services at Welsh universities

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New funding worth £2 million will be go to support students’ health and well-being, including mental health, at Wales’ higher education institutions.

The Welsh Government funding has been provided to improve support for students and staff in universities across Wales.

It is hoped that university-wide initiatives such as training staff in well-being and mental health awareness as well as promoting health information on campus will benefit from the funding.

The money will also go to safeguard students at risk of harm.

The funding will be allocated through the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales.

The Education Secretary Kirsty Williams said the boost for support and care services was necessary due to the challenges that many students face.

For most students, university is a joyous experience where new friendships are forged, careers paths are chosen and lessons are learned, both inside and outside the lecture theatre. But it is also a time of transition which can bring its own challenges, such as living away from home for the first time, managing finances or coping with exam pressures.

Education Minister, Kirsty Williams
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The President of NUS Wales, Gwyneth Sweatman, said he welcomed the news and hoped more university staff members will be given training on mental health.

I hope that universities will be able to use this funding to improve the support and services they offer students, such as bilingual and online support. It’s also important that students are able to access support and services across different campuses. Wales is the perfect size for universities, students, and the mental health sector to work together to make sure that every student in Wales, no matter where or how they study, is able to access the services and support they need to stay in education. >

Gwyneth Sweatman, NUS Wales President