Who you gonna call?

A recent survey held in the UK among university students has found that two-thirds want their parents or a designated trusted adult called in the event of a mental health crisis.

This comes in light of the increased risk of student suicides that have occurred across the country, along with the lowering levels of life satisfaction in the results obtained from the survey. The University of Bristol has a scheme in which parents and caregivers can be contacted, with a 95% opt-in on the scheme for its student body.

Although these results indicate higher risks of mental health issues occurring in the academic setting, it is important to highlight that for many students, getting the support of family and trusted adults has a positive impact on their well-being. Sir Anthony Seldon, vice-chancellor of the University of Buckingham, said “The survey dispels the fiction that students don’t want their parents and guardians involved. If schools have schemes and programs that allow their students access to support beyond what is provided through them, it is in the best interest of their students that they maintain this as well as look for other ways to improve the overall schooling situation for their benefit.”                                       

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