The EIS has responded to the Scottish Government announcement of a £20m investment for additional mental health counsellors in colleges and universities.

Commenting on the additional funding EIS General Secretary Larry Flanagan said, "The EIS welcomes this additional investment in mental health support for Scotland's college and university students."

"Lecturing staff have been reporting that mental health issues are increasingly becoming a major factor and a growing obstacle to achievement for many young people.  It is key that we are reaching the most vulnerable learners and ensuring parity of investment across both sectors."

He added, "Providing the necessary support for these students has brought additional pressure to academic and support staff in colleges and universities, so the introduction of additional counsellors will help to ensure that appropriate measures of support are put in place at an earlier stage."

"In a wider environment of declining funding and increasing workload pressures, supporting staff is also key to providing a positive learning environment for students."