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Explanation

The ‘student support and well-being centre’ is a very clinical office-style setting. This is understandable for two of the purposes: Funding and Visas, but not as somewhere to discuss your physical and mental health with the University.

A centre with this purpose should be comfortable, confidential and safe. The current area is tightly-packed, with people very close to the desk where issues are discussed. This is not private, nor confidential. It feels very uncomfortable for anyone, let alone someone suffering with mental or physical health issues. Furthermore, they have made it accessible to a point: it’s on the ground floor, and they have a button-operated door – but once in the room, the standards drop. The space is so tight, that those with mobility issues would have significant trouble using the room.

The university has plenty of spaces which could be easily adapted for specific roles.

In a GP surgery, each person gets a separate room to discuss issues, therefore if a student requires help with personal issues/mental health they should be given the same privilege. The current facility is unacceptable and needs to be changed.

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"Student Well-being" Services should make you feel well!

This Idea for Change opened on 24 Sep 2018 and closed on 8 Oct 2018.

10 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of +18.

  • 8 Oct 2018: This Idea for Change as passed to the Student Change team for action, who have until 22 Oct 2018 to respond or pass on to an Officer. 
  • 6 Nov 2018: This Idea has been passed to the Community Officer:
    • This Idea is being taken to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). 
    • We'll give you further updates about this Idea by 27 Nov 2018.
  • 23 Jan 2019: Following on from this, we've created the Mental Health Forum. 

The Mental Health Forum starts on 26 Feb 2019, at 14:00 in MD061 (Boardroom, SU); this is initially a terms of reference setting exercise, but further meetings will go towards students shaping the work of University wellbeing services. The meetings are open for anyone to attend. 

This Idea is complete. 

 
 

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Adam Southall
2:32pm on 23 Jan 19 This Idea is complete. Comments are closed.
Adam Southall
8am on 8 Oct 18 This Idea for Change has closed, but comments are still open for discussion on the progress of this Idea.