Supporting medical students with mental health conditions

This guidance gives advice to medical schools on all aspects of supporting medical students with mental health conditions.

We worked with the Medical Schools Council to develop this guidance.

It includes practical suggestions about a range of issues.

  • What can medical schools do to help to reduce mental health problems in their students?
  • How can medical schools work with occupational health services?
  • How can medical schools deal with mental health conditions that relate to fitness to practise concerns?

It also has examples of good practice submitted by UK medical schools.

‘Myth busters’ for medical students

Students can be worried about what might happen if they tell anyone or ask for help about a mental health condition.

We have included some ‘myth busters’ in the guidance to reassure students about this. We will use these myth busters to talk about mental health with students.


The guidance is based on research we commissioned. A joint team from Cardiff Medical School, Exeter Medical School and Prepare to Share Ltd. carried out the research.

Final report from the research team - Identifying good practice among medical schools in the support of students with mental health concerns.

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