Mental Health at University/College

As Scottish universities and colleges faced several restrictions in the last two years, many students will have experienced increased levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. This is understandable as home learning restricts students from socially and academically stimulating environments, thus, creating feelings of isolation and loneliness. 

However, the SNP Government are also failing young people and their mental health. Their target is for 90 per cent of patients to wait no more than 18 weeks for an appointment for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).Yet, over 20 per cent have been waiting more than the target time and almost 2,000 patients have been waiting for over a year for an appointment. This number has more than doubled from the year prior. 

With growing mental health issues, it is important to have a strong mental health action plan. In the Scottish Conservative 2021 Manifesto, we announced that we would work with the sector to develop a national student mental health action plan for universities, colleges and apprenticeship providers.

However, as several Covid-19 restrictions have now been eased across Scotland, we would seriously encourage universities and colleges to return to in-person teaching, though it is of course ultimately the establishments themselves who are best placed to decide where this is possible.