1 in 16 Report – Examining Mental Health Support in English Universities

This report examines the level of mental health support in English universities and provides an insight into some of the many barriers faced by students when attempting to access mental health provision on campus.


The report outlines recent research undertaken by Parliament on counselling levels in English universities. One in every 16 University students accessed counselling services in the last academic year, according to my new research

New Exploratory Paper: 

An Education System on the Brink?

Exploring the Relationship between our Education System and Mental Health

This exploratory paper aims to examine the research, data, and narratives around the relationship between our education system and mental health. It will examine the causes of poor mental health within the education system, the way our education system may be failing young people with mental health problems and the reasons behind that.

New Exploratory Paper: Showing Leadership Online and Broadcasting a Responsible Approach

How to Protect People’s Mental Health in the Media Age

I have written a new exploratory report in an attempt to examine the role of the media in maintaining good mental health among viewers/users and contestants/guests through responsible media practices. I make key recommendations informed by my comprehensive analysis of the evidence available.

The author of this policy paper is Danny Bowman, Director of Mental Health at Parliament Street

At Parliament Street we have been working hard to understand the effects mental health is having on people, families, public and private sector organisations. Through our most recent research we have identified some concerning findings. Our findings have indicated that the police are dealing with a higher frequency of incidents with the qualifier code ‘mental health’. Some of our most prestigious universities are struggling to support their students’ mental health, and accident and emergency departments across the country are receiving admissions on a regular basis due to mental illness or self-harm. These findings have shown that NHS mental health services are not the only area struggling to cope with the growing issue of mental illness. It is acknowledged widely that mental health costs the United Kingdom economy around £105.2 billion a year, with the human cost calculated at £53.6 billion (Centre for Mental Health, 2010). From our acknowledgement of these finding we wanted to try and get to the root of the problem. Through research into children and adolescent and adult mental health waiting times within the NHS and through comparing other organisations finding we have concluded that one of the roots of the problem is staff shortages. The lack of qualified staff in mental health services arguably means people with mental health issues are waiting longer for treatment, and due to the long wait are seeing their mental health problem become progressively worse.

It is important to acknowledge that more people are speaking up about their mental health difficulties which is an extremely positive step forward, but with more people speaking up, as a society we need to be prepared to acknowledge their courage with better, timely provision in NHS mental health services.

This Policy aims to deliver that, with an economic plan for mental health. The key aim of the policy is to train minds to save minds.

At Parliament Street, we believe mental health is one of the biggest issues of our generation; affecting many people across the United Kingdom. We have been looking at innovative ways to forge what we call ‘a 21st century approach to mental health’ trying to outline key issues and find solutions to the problems.

Social media sites should offer mandatory mental health services to provide counselling and support for users, according to a new report from think tank Parliament Street. The new 6,000 word report entitled Mental health and the social media society is written by Danny Bowman, a leading mental health campaigner famous for trying to commit suicide after taking 100 ‘selfies’ a day on social media.