Students across West Dunbartonshire will have access to more support to help them deal with the mental health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

Additional Scottish Government funding will allow support staff to carry out more frequent checks to identify potential mental health issues, as well as wider welfare concerns, such as access to food deliveries and other necessities.

The funding will also help to increase the number of drop-in chats for students, on a digital platform.

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Staff will also be able to direct students to the appropriate services, including referring them to a clinician, if appropriate.

NUS Scotland president, Matt Crilly, said: “The impact of Covid-19 on students has undoubtedly taken its toll.

“Now more than ever we need to ensure that their mental health and wellbeing is looked after, and this funding is a welcome start to ensuring that every student who needs support, has access to it.”