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Over the past academic year, the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy has been compiled. Whilst this is a great step in the right direction, there are still concerns over certain elements (the lack of specific reference to graduate students, for example), the way it is being framed, and indeed whether it will be delivered upon.
Students have expressed ongoing concern about mental health provisions in Oxford.
It links with the ‘Your Wellbeing’ goal of the Oxford SU strategy, aiming to enhance student wellbeing and championing an Oxford where every individual can thrive through structural reform.
We want to establish a list of recommendations on the strategy and take these to committees and council, help with running of university wide de-stigmatisation campaign, improve information on clubs and societies and volunteering opportunities and campaign to encourage student participation (social prescribing), develop training for college welfare reps, collaborate with local charities, support U-Flourish research project, work with dept of psychiatry on creation of university wide mental health service, and encourage colleges to share current welfare provisions and create a ‘gold standard’ in light of findings.