Last reviewed 21 June 2022

The Government has announced a new scheme that will better join up mental health services to prevent students falling through the gaps at university.

Up to £3 million will be invested over the next academic year to close the gaps between universities, the NHS and mental health services. They will be brought together to create regional partnerships, which could include hubs where students can visit in person.

Five locations comprising Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Sheffield and North London have developed approaches to bring together services into a physical hub that students can visit, which are funded through the Office for Students (OfS) challenge fund.

Mental Health Minister Gillian Keegan said: “It’s vital young people are able to access support early and this initiative will boost collaboration to ensure they get the help they need.

“We’re already accelerating the roll-out of Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges and expanding community services for children and young people through £79 million of investment.”

She is encouraging the public to respond to the call for evidence that will inform the Government’s new 10-year Mental Health and Wellbeing Plan by seeking views on what can be improved within the current service and helping to build understanding of the causes of mental ill health.

The 10-year plan will aim to level up mental health across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing. It will build on current progress, assessing how local services can work together to prevent mental ill health.

The consultation, published by the Department of Health and Social Care, closes on 7 July 2022.