Mental health hotline set up for Sheffield Architecture students following Arts Tower occupation

The support line will be available all week

The Sheffield School of Architecture have set up a Mental Health hotline dedicated to Architecture and Landscape students, following the Arts Tower occupation last week.

The occupation was led by a group called the Sheffield Student-Worker Solidarity in support of the UCU strike, and lasted from last Wednesday till Saturday.

As entrances to the building were barricaded, Architect and Landscape students were denied access to their work, resources and seminars. The occupation also disrupted deadlines and showcasing for industry professionals.

The mental health support line has been created especially for Architecture and Landscape students suffering from high levels of stress caused by the occupation.

The service opened on Monday (March 19) and will be available to students all week.

School of Architecture head Karim Hadjri said: "We have set up the mental health support as a precaution and as an additional support that will be available to students if required.

"There are over 1200 students in Architecture and Landscape Architecture who were affected by the disruption, and we are naturally concerned that not all students will react in the same way."

The response from students amounted to an anti-occupation protest by Architecture students.

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