Evidence shows that young people with mental health problems are more likely to experience educational difficulties, eating disorders and self-harm. With three-quarters of all mental illness developing by the age of 24 years and with almost half of all school leavers now going on to university, higher education institutions have an essential role to play in safeguarding young people. It's clear that addressing mental ill-health in university students is essential if we are to improve the well-being of our young people, and give them every opportunity to fulfil their potential.