Morning, Tuesday, 21st January 2020
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This seminar focuses on supporting student mental health - looking at latest developments, priorities, and the responsibilities of the HE sector.
It includes keynote contributions from: John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK; Ben Jordan, Senior Policy and Qualifications Manager, UCAS; Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds; and a senior speaker confirmed from the Office for Students.
The University Mental Health Charter
With renewed focus by the Government on student mental health, delegates will discuss the development and implementation of the Government-backed University Mental Health Charter, which is due to be published in December 2019.
They will also assess the Charter’s key principles, which are expected to include:
- an emphasis on university-wide involvement;
- an evidence-based and collaborative approach to Charter development and implementation; and
- a recognition of diversity both among HEIs and their varying approaches to support, as well as within the student population and individual needs.
Strategies for the prevention of mental health issues
Delegates will consider how schools, colleges and universities can better support students transitioning to university, with a particular focus on students from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds.
Further sessions look at the way forward for improving the use of data to better identify characteristics signalling increased risk of mental illness and facilitating conversations between HEIs and incoming students.
Those attending will also discuss measures aimed at existing university students, looking at how to promote emotional resilience and improve mental wellbeing among students, drawing on innovative case study examples.
A collaborative approach to mental health care
We also expect discussion on ensuring accessibility of mental health services and identifying students at risk.
Delegates will explore how universities can encourage students to access help, including by working to destigmatise mental illness and boosting visibility of support services, and how institutions can better identify students at risk.
Further sessions will consider priorities for developing a whole university framework for mental health and an integrated approach to delivery of mental health care with NHS and third sector partners.