£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.

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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.