News and Views

On this page I’ll be sharing some of the news, trends and services that have caught my attention, as well as my views on key topics.

Further evidence that more work is required to make sure mental health policies at universities and colleges are appropriate to support a range of student requirements. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/14/mentally-ill-students-risk-academic-penalties-for-missing-classes

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Two different approaches for two different audiences, but the message is the same – the need for access to quality counselling. This article looks at a topic close to my heart (and a regular focus in these posts) – mental health for students, and how we can better support them. Huffpost ‘Finding First Year Of […]

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A very interesting article, focusing on mental health within universities, and the surge in student anxiety, mental breakdowns and depression.   ‘The way universities are run is making us ill’: inside the student mental health crisis https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/27/anxiety-mental-breakdowns-depression-uk-students

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It’s now a year since I moved to Exeter from Edinburgh where I lived and worked as a counsellor for 11 years, so I thought I would celebrate this milestone anniversary and share a few of my thoughts. What a full year this has been, full of exciting challenges and new beginnings. establishing myself in […]

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Of all the transitions that we go through in life, the move to higher education is one of the most challenging, particularly if it often means moving away from home and what we know so well. It can mean a change in environment, in social circle, and even in priorities. Student life is often portrayed […]

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