The Duchess of Cambridge visited university students to find out how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted on the start of their life in higher education…

Duchess Catherine spent time with first years at the University of Derby on Tuesday (06.10.20) to find out how they are being looked after at the facility, following a surge in outbreaks of the virus at over 50 universities in the UK which saw the National Union of Students (NUS) warned undergraduates being “trapped in halls” to contain the illness could exacerbate mental health issues.

The 38-year-old royal spoke to representatives of charity Student Minds, about the current situation, and asked if there had been an “increase in awareness” about mental health from the students and it been “integrated” into their education.

She then chatted with students, who told her how they had “kept busy” during lockdown.

However, while talking to Husna Hanif and Laura Oliver, both 18, they admitted it had been “hard not seeing friends”.

Catherine asked if the university offered enough support, to which Laura replied: “There’s so much support.”

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The duchess said: “That’s great to hear.”

Catherine also got to hear about Student Minds’ new initiative, Student Space, which offers help and information via both phone and text and has been set up in partnership from Shout, which was launched by her and husband Prince William’s Heads Together mental health campaign.

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Ahead of #WorldMentalHealthDay this Saturday, The Duchess of Cambridge visited students at @DerbyUni to hear how initiatives including peer mentoring are supporting students’ mental health during the pandemic. @studentmindsorg, the UK’s student mental health charity, say that the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing challenges facing student mental health, in addition to creating new ones. Even before the onset of COVID-19, both the severity and prevalence of common mental health conditions experienced by young adults was on the increase. However, like the sports societies and nursing students here at Derby, universities are continuing to explore new ways to support their wellbeing. Students across England and Wales now have access to trusted support through the coronavirus pandemic via @studentmindsorg Student Space, a programme that helps students to find support that is available locally at their university, in addition to providing online resources and direct support by phone and text. The 24/7 text support available via Student Space

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