Dear Heriot-Watt University,

Please treat this as a Freedom of Information Request.

Could you please send me information as to -

1. How many students have used the student councilling services between each of the four academic years of 2012-13 and 2015-2016?

2. Please send a breakdown by gender for each year.

3. Please send a breakdown by year of study for each year.

4. Please send statistics as to how many students have sought help through the university for the following issues between each of the four academic years of 2012-13 and 2015-2016? -
4.1 -Self-harm
4.2 Eating Disorders
4.3 Depression and anxiety disorders
4.4 Substance Abuse (drug/alcohol)
4.5 Other Mental Health Issues

5. If you have a record of how many students received student councilling in the calendar year 2016-2017 then please provide this information.

6. Please send a breakdown by gender for the calendar year 2016-2017 if this is available.

7. Please send a breakdown by year of study for the calendar year 2016-2017 if this is available.

8. Please send statistics as to how many students sought help through the university for the following issues between the calendar years 2016-2017.
8.1 -Self-harm
8.2 Eating Disorders
8.3 Depression and anxiety disorders
8.4 Substance Abuse (drug/alcohol)
8.5 Other Mental Health issues

9. Lastly, please tell me what suicide prevention strategy the university currently has in place, if any.

You may want to refer to the University of Aberdeen's response to my FOI request for a simple way to send the data. https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c... Please note, questions 5-8 for the University of Aberdeen were slightly different.

Thank you for your time and help.

Yours faithfully,

Simone Kelly

Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

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Dear Applicant

 

Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (the "Act")

 

Thank you for your email. We acknowledge your request. As we are currently
experiencing a high volume of information requests, we look to respond
within the statutory deadline, taking into account any Scottish Bank
Holidays.

 

As a Scottish Public Authority, we will be processing your request through
the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, the details of which can
be found at the link below. 

 

Please visit the pages below to see if the information you require is in
the public domain.

 

[1]https://www.hw.ac.uk/

 

[2]https://www.hw.ac.uk/services/heritage-i...

 

Scottish Information Commissioner Guidelines

 

Further information about timescales for responding to requests for
information and your rights under the Act can be found on the Scottish
Information Commissioner's website:

 

[3]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

 

or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the
following address:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner, 

Kinburn Castle, 

Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, 

Fife KY16 9DS 

Telephone: 01334 464610 

Fax: 01334 464611 

E-mail: [4][email address]

Website: [5]www.itspublicknowledge.info

 

FOISA Team

Heriot-Watt University

Governance and Legal Services

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton

Edinburgh EH14 4AS

[6]https://intranet.hw.ac.uk/ps/mc/Document...

 

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Freedom Of Information,, Heriot-Watt University

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Dear applicant

 

Thank you for your information request dated the 14th February 2018
regarding student mental ill-health.  Your request has been handled under
Scottish legislation: the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
(FOISA).  Thank you also for giving us an opportunity to contribute to
your research.  Please also note that not all universities record
information in the same manner.

 

Please see the enclosed Facts and Figures which were developed in order to
minimise the impact of the increasingly large number of FOISA requests on
our Student Wellbeing service which actually provides the counselling
service to the students. The information is presented in the manner in
which we report and a more detailed breakdown would mean that staff and
counsellors would have to look through their files and this would impact
on the service being provided to our students presenting with mental
ill-health.  We hope you find enclosed useful.  The Facts and figures also
provides you with details of initiatives which our University is taking in
order to enhance the effectiveness of our students mental ill-health. 
Please also visit our website for more details about how we support the
wellbeing of our students.

 

If we can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate in
contacting us via [1][Heriot-Watt University request email]

 

Your right to seek review of our decision

 

If you are not satisfied with our response or our reasoning set-out above,
you have forty working days from today in which to request a review of our
decision.  Any request should be put in writing and should be sent to Ann
Jones, Head of Heritage and Information Governance, at the address
detailed at the bottom of this email. The request should:

 

(a) detail your request for a review of our decision to be undertaken;

 

(b) describe the nature of your original request; and

 

(c) explain the reasons why you are dissatisfied with our response.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with how your request for information has been
dealt with, you also have the right to apply to the Scottish Information
Commissioner for a decision as to whether we have handled your request
properly.

 

Information relating to your right to seek review is available from the
Scottish Information Commissioner's web page at:

 

[2]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...
  

 

or by contacting the Scottish Information Commissioner's Office at the
following address:

 

Scottish Information Commissioner,

Kinburn Castle,

Doubledykes Road,

St Andrews,

Fife KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610

Fax: 01334 464611

E-mail: [3][email address]  

Website:
[4]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/home/...
 

 

Contact us

 

Finally, should you wish to discuss the contents of this email, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

 

Kind regards

 

FOISA Team

Heriot-Watt University

Governance and Legal Services

Edinburgh Campus

Riccarton

Edinburgh EH14 4AS

 

 

 

 

 

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