Morning, Monday, 28th January 2019
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar will examine the priorities for student mental health - assessing mental health provision currently available to students at university and discussing next steps to improve support.
With a renewed policy focus on student mental health in HE, delegates will examine the implications for university practice, and for students and staff.
It comes with the OfS launching a funding competition, encouraging universities and colleges to work with partners such as the NHS and mental health charities to find innovative ways of combating the rise in student mental health issues.
It also follows the Government’s letter to university Vice-Chancellors calling on them to prioritise student mental health and calls from the Secretary of State for universities to reach out to students’ emergency contacts when there is concern.
Discussion will also look at a series of new measures recently announced in this area - including the development of a new University Mental Health Charter - which will be developed in partnership with charities and higher education providers, and aims to oversee the development of new standards to promote student mental health and wellbeing.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the development of the Charter and wider issues for universities as they seek to improve their provision of mental health services.
The agenda also looks at the transition for students from school and college to university, as the Department for Education prepares to set up a working group looking at potential ways to ensure that students get the best possible support, particularly in their first year at university.
Further sessions will discuss how to develop a collaborative and coordinated approach to mental health care at university and improve provision on campus in line with the recent recommendations of the UUK’s new guidance to improve the coordination of care between the NHS and universities, which advocated a greater emphasis on prevention from universities in order to reduce longer term risk factors and the development of local multi-agency support for students.