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Students seek independent counselling out of fear.

Students seek independent counselling out of fear.

More students are seeking independent counselling away from university over fears their academic record will be affected, a support charity has said.

Off The Record (OTR) in Bath said it saw "hundreds of students, year on year" from the city's two universities.

Director Phil Waters said some people were worried about a stigma if they sought help from their university.

Bath University said that would never be the case and added any students with urgent needs would be seen immediately.

Student Jayme Sims said some of her peers felt the university's services may have "some other kind of objective" for wanting students to get better.

    

The 20-year-old sociology student has a youth worker placement at OTR, which supports 18 to 24-year-olds, as part of her degree, after previously using the university's wellbeing services.

She said: "The university wants you to stay and finish your degree.

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