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University of Birmingham to Create New Mental Health Service

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The University of Birmingham has been awarded an Office for Students (OfS) grant to setup and deliver a new early intervention student mental health service.

The University will collaborate with Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust, Forward Thinking Birmingham and the Children's Society to deliver specialist, no wait drop in services on campus for students.

The new Hub will utilise early-intervention approaches to enhance student mental health and wellbeing on campus.

Services are expected to begin from October this year and the University's Student Support team will be speaking to students over the coming weeks and months to assess where these services can be accessed.

Jon Elsmore, Director of Student Affairs at the University of Birmingham said:

"This funding will enable us to look beyond just treatment and put in place a new and proven preventative service to support students earlier when issues arise, while students requiring longer term and ongoing support will still be able to access that from our Student Support team."

"Coproduction is key and we want to work with students to ensure that the new service is available when and where it will be most useful."

"We are delighted to be partnering with Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Forward Thinking Birmingham and the Children’s Society. We know the Pause model is an effective one and we believe providing this on campus is an important first step in much closer collaborative working with specialist NHS mental health services."