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World Mental Health Day 2018

Written by on 10th October 2018

With the NHS struggling to provide care for the 1 in 6 people who experience mental illness each year, World Mental Health Day 2018 comes at a crucial time.

The event, held annually on October 10, is focused on education and raising awareness, with this year’s theme being young people and their relationship with mental health. The main aim of the event is to eradicate the stigma which surrounds mental health issues.

Despite the topic being somewhat less of a taboo today, it still remains difficult for young people to receive treatment. According to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report, the NHS struggles to provide adequate treatment for those with mental health issues.

Rob Behrens, the Ombudsman, said: “Too many patients are not being treated with the dignity and respect they deserve and this is further compounded by poor complaint handling.”

On top of poor training and communication within the NHS, understaffing has meant that long waiting lists keep patients far from the help they need.

Rebecca*, a student at Glasgow Caledonian University, went through this process: “I was assessed in June and they told me I was suitable for CBT therapy. At this point I weighed about 39 kg, so I was an urgent case.

I remember them telling me that I would get ‘bumped up’ the waiting list by about two months because I was so thin. I felt so bad for the people I had skipped.”

To supplement the NHS, independent organisations exist to provide support for those in need. Charities such as the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) and Mind exist to provide information and ensure nobody has to face mental illness alone.

If you want to know more about support options, visit the Student Wellbeing Centre or email them at

*This name has been changed to protect the individual.


Sian McCluskey

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