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Mental Health Charter urges ‘good workplace conditions’

Charity publishes charter to help universities tackle mental health issues among students and staff

The mental health charity Student Minds has launched its Mental Health Charter amid growing demands for counselling among students and staff.

The Charter, which is funded by a £100,000 grant from the UPP Foundation and £50,000 from the Office for Students, calls on universities to support staff and students to develop better mental health. According to research by the Higher Education Policy Institute think tank, staff referrals for counselling soared by 77 per cent between 2009 and 2015, while the Institute for Public Policy Research found that 70 per cent of universities do not have a strategy for promoting mental health.

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