Student mental health: minding the gaps
This online continuing professional development event for Student Services leaders helps you navigate the various sector frameworks to apply them to (and identify gaps in) your student mental health provision. The session also identifies resources and good practice to help you enhance some areas of mental health provision that might need attention.
AMOSSHE members can find the event resources here:
Join a range of AMOSSHE members and higher education sector experts to explore how to use the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter and Universities UK Stepchange Mentally Healthy Universities framework to identify gaps in your student mental health provision. Then discover resources and good practice for virtual mental health support and supporting less prominent student groups.
All delegates will receive a recording of the event afterwards, as well as any presentations or resources. The recording won't include discussion sessions, workshops, ‘Chatham House rule’ sections or presentation sessions that speakers prefer not to share in this way.
Location, time and price
This online session takes place on Wednesday 14 October 2020 from 09:00 to 13:00 (BST) using Zoom.
Here are the delegate prices:
- AMOSSHE named member - £59 (log in to access this rate)
- Non-member (other employees of an AMOSSHE member organisation, individuals, not-for-profit and corporate organisations, higher education providers not associated with AMOSSHE) - £99
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Programme and speakers
This event features a mix of presentations, Q&A, interactive workshops and networking discussion. Here's the confirmed programme.
||Welcome and context*
Fay Sherrington (AMOSSHE Vice Chair and Director of Student Services, Edge Hill University) and Helen McNeely (AMOSSHE Vice Chair Operations and Head of Student and Academic Affairs, Queen's University Belfast) outline the context for the event.
||How Student Services can work with the Stepchange framework*
Universities UK launched the refreshed Stepchange Mentally Healthy Universities framework in May 2020. This is a strategic framework for a whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing at universities. In this session John de Pury (Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK) discusses how Student Services leaders can implement the recommendations and structures of the framework in a practical way.
||Questions and answers about the Stepchange Mentally Healthy Universities framework.
||UEL’s response to the University Mental Health Charter*
Student Minds launched the University Mental Health Charter in Winter 2019. The charter provides a set of principles to support universities across the UK in making mental health a university-wide priority. In this session Kris Eskesen (Project Manager, UEL - University of East London) discusses how UEL is using the charter to help shape project management decisions and planning around student mental health provision. He addresses the progress to date, the challenges UEL has faced, and the next steps.
||Questions and answers with University of East London and Universities UK.
||Supporting student transition and building resilience through the lens of the University Mental Health Charter
Staffordshire and Keele universities have been part of a two-year Office for Students match-funded project that aims to develop a whole community approach to support the mental health and wellbeing of students. This involves the region’s universities, colleges, local authorities, police and NHS providers. The universities have developed and embedded a connected suite of resources, interventions and approaches to help support all aspects of student transition and develop the universities as resilient communities. The aim is to help students feel able to manage and overcome the issues and obstacles that present, whether day-to-day things or more significant life events.
This workshop, led by Gemma Kelly (Student Success Coordinator) and Lydia Johnson (Student Wellbeing Project Officer) from Staffordshire University and Kara Holloway (Student Wellbeing Project Coordinator) and Katie Laverty (Director of Student Services) from Keele University encourages you to look at interventions through the lens of the University Mental Health Charter's principles Learn, Support, Work and Live. You have the opportunity to share and learn about examples of effective interventions that support wellbeing and promote resilience and student success. The workshop findings will contribute to a toolkit for you to access after the event.
||Supporting students abroad*
AMOSSHE members Julie Crabb (Head of Student Support & Wellbeing, Middlesex University) and Andy Shanks (Director of Student Wellbeing, The University of Edinburgh) are leading a group to develop sector guidelines for UK universities about supporting the mental health of students who are abroad (whether international students studying remotely or UK students on placement overseas). This session gives an update on the progress of the project, which considers universities’ duty of care, legal implications approaches to supporting students (especially those in crisis).
||Questions and answers about supporting students abroad.
||Supporting student mental health remotely*
Focusing on feedback from UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Network) members, Sam Gamblin (Charity Manager, UMHAN) discusses some of the key findings and lessons learnt over the past seven months, as well as offering advice on best practice for working with students with mental health conditions.
||Questions and answers about supporting students online.
||Supporting postgraduate research students*
The Wellbeing Thesis is a free national resource for postgraduate research students to support their wellbeing, learning and research. The resource was developed by Student Minds, the University of Derby and King’s College London, with funding from the Office for Students and UK Research England. It was launched in January 2020. In this session Gareth Hughes (Psychotherapist and Researcher, University of Derby) discusses the unique challenges for this student group, how to use this resource, and the impact it’s made so far.
||Questions and answers about supporting postgraduate research students.
|13:00 to 13:30
||Optional networking and discussion
This is an optional, informal opportunity to discuss the topics raised during the event with colleagues and peers.
*You'll receive recordings of these sessions after the event.
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