As part of Edinburgh Thrive, we continue to host Thrive Students. This group has representation from across higher education institutions, Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (EHSCP), and the voluntary sector. This is the forum which brings together this work to ensure we are promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for our students. This group have been responsible over the years for some very innovative practice.
We view students as a vital part of our communities and city and seek to involve them in our wide ranging Building Resilient Communities programme which includes a focus on the arts, green and vibrant public spaces and food poverty.
In Edinburgh, with our of over 100,000 students it is that imperative we have services and supports in place to ensure they are getting the help they require Working alongside universities and colleges we aim to work in partnership to achieve this. Indeed, The Mental Health Foundation Thriving Learners report highlights students need and draws to our attention to addressing the inequalities they can face. We also need to acknowledge the unprecedented impact the pandemic has had on this population.
We are committed to creating a specialist student mental health pathway. This requires commitment from all partners to collaborative, co-productive, and transparent practice. This work is advancing well with through the establishment of a data sharing agreement, improving communications on referral pathways, and ensuring that accurate and timely information on services and supports is readily available and accessible.
We are committed to keeping our student population mentally well l and are pleased to work with partners to create pathways, supports, and services to facilitate this.
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