It’s almost impossible to know the full impact of the pandemic on mental health right now. Far too many people are struggling, and students have been hit particularly hard in Scotland with voluntary lockdowns and repeat periods of self-isolation.
What we do know is that students’ mental health and wellbeing was suffering before the pandemic, and the situation is far worse now.
On 28 October 2020, NUS Scotland and Think Positive published landmark research on student mental health. This research, which was carried out before the pandemic, revealed some startling key findings.
NUS Scotland has been lobbying decision-makers in institutions and in the Scottish Government to do more. On 6 November 2020, the Scottish Government announced £1.32M for student mental health and wellbeing which is welcome but there’s still more to be done.
We’ll therefore be working to improve student mental health and wellbeing across Scotland during 2020/21 and you can help us to achieve our aims.
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