Evid Based Mental Health 16:1 doi:10.1136/eb-2012-101206
  • Editorial

Student mental health; below the radar?

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  1. Graham Towl
  1. Correspondence to Professor Graham Towl, PVC and Deputy Warden, Durham University, Palatine Centre, Stockton Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK; graham.towl{at}

In 2011, the Royal College of Psychiatrists issued a report on the mental health of students in higher education. The report made recommendations for psychiatrists and the National Health Service, for Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) and a broader category of ‘all sectors’.

One of the challenges of working with this potential group of patients is that students may well live within the area of the university for around half the year and elsewhere for the other half. Organisationally, this can create additional problems when compared with those with a fixed address the year round. The report emphasises the importance of …