Student mental health

Student mental health and wellbeing

We’re lucky to be living in an age of increased mental health awareness. As a nation, we’re learning that wellbeing doesn’t start and end with physical fitness, and a lack of visible symptoms doesn’t mean people aren’t suffering. But we still have a long way to go.

Within our sector, higher-education institutions and university accommodation providers have long recognised the need for a new support system during this exciting, stressful and transformative time in young people’s lives – a time when we are particularly vulnerable.

To help make a difference, we joined Rethink Mental Illness in spreading the word, providing assistance for our students and changing the way they look at mental illness.


How Village Life plays its part

Our Village Life activities are ever-changing, dependant on the needs and wants of our residents.

It’s a well-known fact that animals can help to reduce symptoms of poor mental health, such as anxiety and stress, so we partnered with Guide Dogs UK to arrange countrywide village visits from their talented, furry friends.

How we’re working together

We started with our staff. Not just because we need them to support our students, but because we strive to provide a happy, healthy workplace.

At Campus Living Villages, every member of our team is given the opportunity to blow off some steam and spend two days working with a charity of their choice, on top of their annual leave.

In 2017, we also teamed up with RMI to train our staff as Mental Health First Aiders, so they can assist both their colleagues and their residents when they spot problematic behaviour and encourage that person to ask for help.

Find out more about our First Aiders initiative.

Our research

Building on what we already knew, we wanted to find out how much students are aware of the help available to them.
We started work on our report, Mental Health at University: Bridging the Gap, and discovered that two-in-five UK students consider themselves to have poor mental health, while 39% have felt suicidal.

After realising that 48% of students are unaware whether their halls provide information on dealing with stress and mental health issues, we called for the sector to work together and let students know what help is available. Learn more about our research.


It would be impossible to embody our commitment to mental health awareness on just one page. Whether you’re a parent, student, industry worker or member of the public, feel free to contact us with any more questions, today.