Student mental health: Universities should take charge
Universities are uniquely placed to lead the charge on student mental health, says Dr Ian Jackson
Unfortunately, the noble goal to make higher education more widely accessible to all socio-economic groups often exposes some of the most vulnerable people in society to factors that could exacerbate mental health issues, e.g. financial stress due to rising tuition fees.
Universities of the future are increasingly embracing digital, but the real value comes from integrating with the wider student bodies and public services, including health and social care organisations, especially GPs.
Only by using technology to improve existing ways of working will we see real improvements in how student mental health is managed in the future. Read my opinion in Open Access Government: