Only six universities have worse student satisfaction with their mental health services than Bristol

According to our 2017 Mental Health Rankings

Only six universities have worse student satisfaction with their mental health services than Bristol.

This is despite figures which show that of the 47 unis included in the rankings, Bristol came eighth for spending the most per student on their mental health services.

UoB spent £31.64 per student, compared to a national average of £22.06. As a result, Bristol's finance score is 23.92 of a possible 40. The national average was 17.29.

For satisfaction, Bristol ranked 41 out of 47 in our survey. Bristol scored 31.98 of a possible 40, against a national average of 34.55. Overall Bristol was ranked 18 of 47 for mental health care in the UK.

The Tab's Mental Health Rankings 2017 is the only study to assess UK universities' ability to care for students with mental health issues. Now in their second year, the rankings cover 47 universities across the country.

They pull together information about how well universities fund their mental health services, how long students have to wait for help, and how satisfied students are with their university's mental health services.

Over 9,000 students completed our mental health survey this year, and told us about their experiences. Universities have a duty of care for their students, and mental health falls squarely under this.

Asked for comment, a University spokesperson said: "The survey results reflect the additional £1 million annual investment into the University’s student support services. This additional funding will facilitate a team of 28 full-time mental health advisers and managers to cater for the welfare needs of students."

"In addition, the University is bolstering resources in its specialist Students' Health and Counselling Services. Sessional counsellors will be brought in to meet periods of high demand, and a new Mental Health Advice Team will work proactively with students managing severe mental health difficulties."

"There is a climate of national concern over the wellbeing of students in the UK, and an increase in those who come to university with an existing mental health condition. This means that part of the challenge is to promote awareness of the new and existing support services we offer, to make sure that students know how and who to ask for help."

"Earlier this year, the University signed the ‘Time to Change’ pledge, which makes a public commitment to support people to talk openly about mental health problems and improve public attitudes and behaviour. A widespread awareness campaign has been underway since the start of the new academic year, signposting students to what support is available and where to find it."

"We continue to work alongside staff and students to evolve and improve support for wellbeing, and to promote a culture of openness about the mental health of those who study and work here."

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