Petition Against Unacceptable Handling of Students with Mental Health Issues at the LSE
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Following the disgusting treatment of a severely mentally ill student who was evicted from London School of Economics' (LSE) student accommodation against the recommendation of two separate medical professionals, we call upon the university to reform their current management of student wellbeing by adhering to the following demands:
- The student in question should immediately be returned to student accommodation free of charge while the wellbeing service works with them to find a long term solution regarding their accommodation and medical support.
- Housing and financial support should also be provided to all students in similar situations facing effective homelessness in the future. We demand that two emergency rooms of residence are provided every year for students in such circumstances.
- Once a student is no longer in the care of university residence after being assisted in finding external support, members of the school’s wellbeing service should maintain contact with the student for at least two months to ensure they are adapting well. If the student is returning to the School, they should also be contacted regularly two months before their return to establish which support services the student will require once back at the School.
- LSE must make it clearer who the point of contact is for students struggling with severe mental health issues and accommodation difficulties. Students and representative of the Student Union should not be contacting staff members at the School who constantly refer them to each other, which means it takes an unacceptable amount of time to find the correct person to deal with issues while only causing further distress to all involved.
- Both staff members in the wellbeing service and residential service must be trained to have better knowledge of external mental health support services available so they are equipped to sign-post them to students. They should also have better training surrounding students with difficult family situations so they do not attempt to rely on a student having a home to go back to when this may not be the case.
These are practices we believe should be established as a minimum requirement in all universities across the UK. We view the failure to comply with these demands as a failure in the university and a betrayal of students by defaulting on the duty of care LSE has towards them.
We the undersigned hereby call for immediate action by the London School of Economics' Andrew Young, Julia Black and Paul Kelly to meet these demand.
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