Counselling Services

Simone Kelly made this Freedom of Information request to Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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Dear Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh,

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

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Good afternoon Simone,

 

I refer to your request for information on counselling services dated 14
February. Please find the requested information below.

 

Accessing counselling services:

 

Academic Students
Year
2012/3 201
2013/4 206
2014/5 222
2015/6 297
2016/7 293

 

The gender and year of study of students accessing the counselling service
is not held.

 

Requests for counselling include when a student presents with a mental
health condition that has been diagnosed or not diagnosed, and would also
include an infinite number of psychological and emotional presentations
and life issues. There is usually overlapping issues so there is no way
for the University to collate information on the discrete issues that
students are seeking help for so it is not possible to provide details on
the numbers who have sought help for the specified issues requested.

 

We do not have a suicide prevention strategy. However, we have introduced
the Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Policy in 2016.

[1]https://www.qmu.ac.uk/media/3979/student...

 

We have also trained one quarter of all QMU staff in mental health first
aid (suicide prevention is covered as part of the course)

 

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