Mental health services for post-16 students in England: (Briefing Paper 8163)

House of Commons Library, December 2017

This House of Commons Library briefing outlines recent studies on the mental health of students, Government mental health policy for students, support in further and higher education providers, the legal duties of providers and discusses issues raised. It finds that young adults aged 16–24 today are more likely than previous generations of young adults to experience mental health issues and the numbers of students reporting mental ill health is increasing.

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Smoking, Drinking and Drug Use Among Young People in England – 2016

This report contains results from an annual survey of secondary school pupils in England in years 7 to 11 (mostly aged 11 to 15). 12,051 pupils in 177 schools completed questionnaires in the autumn term of 2016. The survey report presents information on the percentage of pupils who have ever smoked, tried alcohol or taken drugs and their attitudes towards these behaviours.  It also includes breakdowns by age, gender, ethnicity and region. The report observes a large increase in the number of pupils reporting that they had ever taken drugs.

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Not by degrees: improving student mental health in the UK’s universities

IPPR, September 2017

This report finds that levels of mental illness, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in higher education in the UK are increasing, and are high relative to other sections of the population. The report calls for universities to make the issue a strategic priority and adopt a ‘whole-university’ approach based on prevention and promotion, early intervention and low-level support, responding to risk and crisis management, and referral into care and treatment.

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MH:2K Oldham: a youth-led approach to exploring mental health

Involve, July 2017

MH:2K is a new model for engaging young people in conversations about mental health in their local area. It empowers 14-25 year olds to identify the mental health issues that they see as most important, engage their peers in discussing and exploring these topics and work with key local decision-makers to make recommendations for change.
From September 2016 to July 2017 MH:2K was piloted in Oldham.  This report presents the project’s findings and recommendations on youth mental health, the impacts of the project and the methodology of the project.

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A Healthy State of Mind: improving young people’s mental fitness

Localis, June 2017

The report on young people’s mental health aims to identify what the system requires to be able to work better to both offer immediate help to those with serious conditions and a wide and flexible variety of support for all those who feel they need it.

The report focuses on:

  • Overcoming barriers around first point of contact and access to services
  • The role of non-mental health professionals in helping young people with their mental fitness
  • The benefit for services of encouraging young people to have resilience, agency and independence
  • Settings where non-mental health professionals interact with young people – primarily primary care and education but also social services where there are high levels of state interaction

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Meeting us where we’re at: Learning from INTEGRATE’s work with excluded young people

Centre for Mental Health, March 2017

Research consistently demonstrates that people experiencing material, racial and social disadvantage face poorer life chances. These can include risks to their mental health and becoming caught in cycles of offending.

This briefing summarises an evaluation of three pioneering projects in London developed by MAC-UK. The projects use the INTEGRATE approach, characterised by engaging young people through co-designing and co-delivering projects, and by securing referrals through peers.  The briefing also highlights some wider recommendations to young people’s services based on the research findings, including the value of peer team members and an emphasis on co-production.

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