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    Implementing a student-led Welfare Helpline

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      The problem I want to Change is:

      Students do not feel well supported during university as the wait times for University counselling and NHS services are quite long.

       

      This is a problem for students because:

      Peak onset for mental health issues is the ages of 18-25 and therefore making students particularly vulnerable to mental health issues.

       

      To change this, I think RUSU should:

      Implement a peer-supported student welfare helpline, for students and led by students.

       

      This will help students because:

      It will give them another resource in which they can get help immediately

       

      Idea submitted by Bandy Karki

    Democracy & Policy Coordinator
    2:26pm on 23 Mar 21 The following idea went to IFG: Title RUSU to implement a student-led Welfare Helpline The problem I want to Change is: Research from focus groups has shown that students do not feel fully supported during university as the wait times for University counselling and NHS services are quite long. Students often do not know where to go to access support leaving them feeling isolated. This is a problem for students because: Onset for mental health issues peaks at the ages of 18-25. This makes students particularly vulnerable to mental health issues and they often do not know where to turn for help and support. To change this, I think RUSU should: Implement a student-led welfare helpline. This will help students because: Students will know where to go to access help immediately and it will give them another resource for support. It was actioned to research for the following reasons: RESEARCH To build on current project proposal and where possible continue to gather further evidence from students to demonstrate need for this provision. To research cost of staffing/financial resources required for RUSU to implement this idea. To provide more information around staff skills-set needed/time required to set up, develop and provide ongoing support for the scheme. To consider if any other logistical or financial requirements are needed and to include costs of these in project proposal. RUSU Finance Committee may need to give indication as to funding available to cover project when reviewing budget for remainder of this financial year and when setting budgets for 21/22 financial year.