Looking after our students' mental health

We’re increasingly concerned by reports that university and college counselling services in England and Wales are being cut, downgraded or outsourced.  

These services are vital for many students and we fear that continued changes will negatively impact on students’ ability to access timely mental health support and increase pressures on already overloaded NHS mental health services.

It is crucial politicians are made aware of the risk to these important counselling services, and understand the valuable role they play in providing students with mental health problems the right support at the right time.

That’s why we need your help to raise this issue with your local representatives. Simply provide your details opposite to send a letter of support for our campaign to your local elected representative, calling on them to support the provision of on-site counselling in every university or college.

Who are we?

We’re the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and we believe that everyone should have access to non-stigmatising mental health support, delivered by appropriately trained practitioners, when and where they need it.

We believe that all further and higher education students should have access to counselling services within their college or university and that these services can play an important role in improving the mental health of students as well as improving academic outcomes and a student’s overall experience of being at university or college.