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Student mental health: a cause for concern?
  1. Graham Towl
  1. Correspondence to Professor Graham Towl, Pro Vice Chancellor, The Palatine Centre, Durham University, Durham, DH1 3LE, UK; graham.towl{at}

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A few minutes wisely invested in an internet search of ‘student mental health’ results in access to a very wide range of resources. Some are student friendly, for example the website Some are focused on policy-makers and practitioners in higher education, an example being the guidance provided at Lancaster University on mental health planning, guidance and support. In a previous editorial the establishment and contribution of the ‘Mental Well-being in Higher Education’ (MWBHE) group was noted. This group has representation from the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Association of Managers of Student Services in HE (AMOSSHE), Student Health Association (SHA), Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS), the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP), Universities UK (UUK), University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN) and the National Union of Students (NUS). Thus there are a plethora of organisations engaged with this vital area of mental health policy and practice. …

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