Students accessing mental health services at Glasgow Caledonian University has increased by over 30% in recent years

The number of university students accessing mental health services at Glasgow Caledonian University has increased by nearly 35% since 2013.

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Figures provided by GCU

In 2013 the Student Wellbeing services were accessed by 491 students, while in the 2016/17 academic year the same services were accessed by 661 students.

These figures have led to an increase in the waiting time for students looking to access counselling services.

Currently, students will wait approximately two weeks from the first point of contact to being seen by a member of the Student Wellbeing team.

A spokesman for Glasgow Caledonian University said: “For 2016/17 and 2017/18, the wait to see the Mental Health Adviser was approximately one week. Urgent cases would be seen same day where possible.

“The current wait for the counselling service is approximately two weeks. Anyone who is assessed as being at risk will be seen on the same day where possible.”

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A report published earlier this year by Universities UK warned that the number of students with mental health struggles dropping out of university has trebled.

This follows reports of an increasing number of students taking their own lives, with nine University of Bristol students having ended their lives in the past 18 months.

Student Wellbeing Manager, Avril Williams, spoke of the positive aspects of the increase in students accessing these services:

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