Mental Health

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Dear Universities,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information in regards to the mental heath resources at your university.

1. How many support service staff have been employed with a mental health remit (e.g. counselling, wellbeing) in each of the last 5 academic years. If a breakdown is not available for mental health staff, please provide a total for the closest possible category.

2. Budget for mental health support for each of the last 5 academic years, and where possible a breakdown on how that money is allocated, e.g. staff, marketing, equipment etc.

3. Number of students seeking mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

4. Average waiting time for mental health support in each of the last 5 academic years.

5. Any internal reports or reviews relating to mental health provision over the last 5 years.

Please provide the above information digitally, preferably in the form of an excel spreadsheet.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under your Section 16 obligations, as to how I can refine my request to be included in the scope of the Act.

In any case, if you can identify ways that my request could be refined please provide further advice and assistance to indicate this.

I look forward to your response within 20 working days, as stipulated by the Act.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to clarify what I am asking for.

Yours faithfully,

Kirsty Card

Sunfoi sunfoi, University of Sunderland

Dear Kirsty Card

Thank you for your request for information which was received at the University of Sunderland on 7th December 2018 and is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The University is currently researching your queries and will respond in due course.

Best wishes
Kate O'Neill

Kate O'Neill | Compliance & Legal Administrator Human Resources, Legal & Governance
T: +44(0) 191 515 2627 | E: kate.o'[email address]

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Sunfoi sunfoi, University of Sunderland

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Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information

Dear Kirsty Card

Reference Number: FOI1819/12/06

I refer to your Freedom of Information request received on 7th December 2018

Your request for information under the above legislation has now been considered. Please see response attached.

Please note that an anonymised copy of this response may be published in our Disclosure Log where appropriate

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If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request then you have a right under Section 50 of the Act to request an internal review. All such requests must be sent to us within 8 weeks and must clearly state your reference number and your reason for your request for an internal review. We will respond to your request for an internal review within 20 working days of receipt. Your request for an internal review should be sent to:

Human Resources, Legal & Governance
University of Sunderland,
4th Floor Edinburgh Building,
City Campus,
Chester Road,
SR1 3SD.

Or you can email your request to [email address], quoting your FOI reference number.

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The Information Commissioners Office
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