RUSU should work to ensure counselling is available for anyone and everyone at any time they need it. Students should also be able to access support services adapted to their individual needs, not just in times of crisis.
From personal experience, the university's current counselling service gives appointments at a rate of once every 2 months. Myself and many people I have spoken to feel that they need to prove themselves in order to get the help they feel they need. This often results in them feeling unimportant and adds to the reasons why they feel so poor in the first place.
I think that RUSU should step in. We need more trained professionals who have time to talk anyone and everyone at any time they need it. 1 in 4 (2007) people suffer from mental health conditions and a handful of people tucked away down the corridor of a building is not sufficient.
Help also needs to be made publicly aware. Students need to know where to go and who to talk to when they feel lost. Advice about how and where to access help can often vary between departments – for example, academic tutors signpost to counselling services while counselling tell you to talk to your academic tutor. This is confusing for students and leaves you feeling lost and not knowing who to talk to. Staff should be trained, or have resources, to help them know who to direct students to. The university is failing us in this aspect and RUSU needs to step in.
Everyone should be able to have access to the right level of help for their needs, know that this help is available and be aware of where to access it.
Help needs to be made publicly aware. Students need to know where to go and who to talk to when they feel lost. The university is failing us in this aspect and RUSU needs to step in.
Idea submitted by Lauren Collard