The handling of mental and physical health is sub-par at the University of Southampton; despite years of chronic and mental illness, I have not found any support/help from the Union. Many of my peers with such conditions have had little to no idea who to turn to.
The Union should appoint Disability and Mental Health Support Officers for each Faculty - trained in understanding the possible routes to emotional and practical help, through the Faculty or otherwise.
Needs differ between Undergraduates and PhD students; therefore for each Faculty, an Undergraduate and Postgraduate representative should be appointed.
Thanks for your idea submission, and please accept my apoligies in taking so long to get back to you. I agree with you that this is is something the Union can, and should, do. Over the summer, we're launching a big 'Union Review' project where we look at everything we do. I'll be sure to make sure your idea submission is folded into the review!
Vice-President Democracy and Creative Industries
Monday 12th Jun 2017 3:49pm
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Thank you for taking the time to reply, I'm glad that you agree that this is a good idea. Thank you for offering to mention this during the Union Review, I very much hope that improved health support becomes part of the plan going forward! May I ask, how/when would I know if this idea is put into action bu the Union?