Key Points
  • Embedding Support into all Aspects of University Life, Utilising Data to Increase Awareness and Improve Support and Promoting an Anti-Stigma Culture on Campus
  • Accessible and Well-Signposted Services, Continuity of Care Between Home and University and Collaboration with External Services
  • Thorough Training for all Support Staff, Providing a Safe and Healthy Work Environment and Ensuring Staff are Comfortable Asking for Help
Guest of Honour

Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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Overview
Timed to allow discussion of the Universities UK mental health framework for universities, launched in December 2016, and being held in the context of the news that the number of students to drop out of university with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years, this event will look at how to ensure that mental health at university is sufficiently supported. With one in four students and up to half of university academics experiencing mental health problems, the event will consider whether current support services are adequate, how to improve them and raise awareness of their availability as well as what can be done to implement recommendations from the September HEPI report, The invisible problem? Improving students’ mental health.

Creating University-Wide Approaches to Supporting Mental Health

Sessions will look at how to overcome the taboo of mental health within universities, particularly through raising awareness via campaigns such as University Mental Health Day, as well as the potential for universities to start collecting data and carrying out self-evaluations of their mental health policies in order to identify areas for improvements. Delegates will consider how institutions can embed student support into all aspects of university, from the transition from school to university, teaching and learning to extra-curricular activities, and with few universities having a formalised mental health strategy, delegates will also consider what needs to be done to create a sector-wide approach to mental health that works for all institutions. The forum will also consider the role of the new Office for Students as well as assess the way forward to implement the recommendations from the forthcoming UUK mental health framework..

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Ensuring High Quality Support For Students at all Times

Delegates will look at how to ensure that student support services are both simple to use and well signposted so that students are able to access the provision they need whenever necessary, as well as how to ensure the parity of support between term-times and holidays and consider the question of whether students should be able to be registered with a GP simultaneously at home and at university. Attendees will discuss how to improve relationships and collaborations with external providers of health and wellbeing services, including onsite and offsite GP surgeries, charities and the NHS. With increasing numbers of students enrolling at university putting continued strain on student services, sessions will also look at what more can be done to bridge the gaps in support, and in particular what role peer-to-peer support groups and online or phone services can play in providing advice and guidance to those who need it and whether these services can help remove unnecessary reluctance or embarrassment to seek help.

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Supporting Students and Staff Alike

With many members of university staff choosing not to disclose or seek help for mental health for fear of being treated differently, sessions will also discuss what can be done to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for the university workforce. Delegates will discuss how the rise in the number of university students over recent years, coupled with rising pressures in an increasingly marketised HE sector, has impacted the number of staff members developing or disclosing they have mental health issues and what more can be done to support staff and help them achieve a better work-life balance. Attendees will also discuss what needs to be done to provide all university staff have sufficient training on mental health policy to not only help them identify and support students who may need it, but also to identify any symptoms in themselves and colleagues.


Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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09:05 - 09:30
Student Mental Health - Current State of Play

 

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Poppy Brown Student, Oxford University and Author, The invisible problem? Improving students' mental health

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09:30 - 10:10
Creating University-Wide Approaches to Supporting Mental Health: Embedding Support into all Aspects of University Life, Utilising Data to Increase Awareness and Improve Support and Promoting an Anti-Stigma Culture on Campus

 
    • In what ways can the taboo of mental health within universities be overcome and what place is there for campaigns such as University Mental Health Day having in raising awareness of the issues?
    • To what extent is there a potential for universities to start collecting data and carrying out self-evaluations of their mental health policies in order to identify areas for improvements?
    • How best can institutions embed student support into all aspects of university life, from the transition from school to university, the development of teaching and learning to extra-curricular activities?
    • With few universities having a formalised mental health strategy, what options are there to to create a sector-wide approach to mental health that works for all institutions?
    • What is the expected role for the new Office for Students as well as the way forward for the implementation of recommendations from the forthcoming UUK mental health framework?


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      Jenny Shaw Head of Student Services & Insight, Unite Students

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      Rachel Piper Policy Manager, Student Minds

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      10:10 - 10:40
      Recommendations from the UUK Mental Health Framework

       

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      Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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      10:40 - 10:45
      Chair’s Closing Comments

       

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      Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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      10:45 - 11:15
      Refreshments and Networking break

       

      11:15 - 11:20
      The Chair’s Welcome Back

       

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      Daniel Zeichner MP

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      11:20 - 12:10
      Ensuring High Quality Support For Students at all Times: Accessible and Well-Signposted Services, Continuity of Care Between Home and University and Collaboration with External Services

       
        • How can institutions ensure that student support services are both simple to use and well signposted so that students are able to access the provision they need whenever necessary?
        • How can the parity of support between term-times and holidays be guaranteed and to what extent should students be able to be register with a GP simultaneously at home and at university?
        • How can universities improve relationships and collaborations with external providers of health and wellbeing services, including onsite and offsite GP surgeries, charities and the NHS?
        • With increasing numbers of students enrolling at university putting continued strain on student services, what measures can be taken to bridge the gaps in support? 
        • What is the role of peer-to-peer support groups and online or phone services in providing advice and guidance to those who need it and in what ways can they help remove unnecessary reluctance or embarrassment to seek help?


          Speakers

          Amberlee Green Mental Health Adviser, University of Roehampton and UMHAN MHA Lead

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          Gregor Henderson National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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          Eleanor Mongey Head of Student Services, Birkbeck, University of London

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          Charlotte Williams Counselling Service Manager, Birkbeck, University of London

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          12:10 - 12:55
          Supporting Students and Staff Alike: Thorough Training for all Support Staff, Providing a Safe and Healthy Work Environment and Ensuring Staff are Comfortable Asking for Help

           
            • With many members of university staff choosing not to disclose or seek help for mental health for fear of being treated differently, what can be done to ensure a healthy work environment for the university workforce?
            • How far has the rise in the number of university students, coupled with rising pressures in an increasingly target drive HE sector, impacted the number of staff members developing or disclosing they have mental health issues?
            • What more can be done to support staff and help them achieve a better work-life balance?
            •  What needs to be done to provide all university staff with sufficient training on mental health policy to help them identify and support students as well as themselves or colleagues?


              Speakers

              Helen Carr National Head of Equality and Participation, University and College Union

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              Caroline Hounsell Director of Product Development, Partnerships and Training, MHFA England

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              Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford

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              12:55 - 13:00
              Chair’s and Policy-UK’s Thanks

               

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              Daniel Zeichner MP

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              End

              Speakers

              Poppy Brown Student, Oxford University and Author, The invisible problem? Improving students' mental health

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              Helen Carr National Head of Equality and Participation, University and College Union

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              Amberlee Green Mental Health Adviser, University of Roehampton and UMHAN MHA Lead

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              Gregor Henderson National Lead, Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England

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              Caroline Hounsell Director of Product Development, Partnerships and Training, MHFA England

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              Professor Lord Norton of Louth Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group

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              Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford

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              Rachel Piper Policy Manager, Student Minds

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              Jenny Shaw Head of Student Services & Insight, Unite Students

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              Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England and Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education

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              Daniel Zeichner MP

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              Charlotte Williams Counselling Service Manager, Birkbeck, University of London

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              Eleanor Mongey Head of Student Services, Birkbeck, University of London

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              Attending
              • Birmingham City University
              • British School of Osteopathy
              • Bournemouth University
              • Cambridge University Counselling Service
              • Coventry University
              • De Montfort University
              • HEFCE
              • Inmind Healthcare
              • Mental Health First Aid England
              • Mental Health Foundation
              • Newcastle University
              • OIA
              • Queen Mary University of London
              • The Rhodes Trust
              • Samaritans
              • Swansea University
              • University for the Creative Arts
              • University of Bolton
              • University of London
              • University of Roehampton
              • University of Sheffield
              • University of Winchester
              • University of Wolverhampton Students' Union
              • Wessex Academic Health Science Network

              Sponsors & Exhibitors

              Cambridge Assessment


              Venue details

              No.11 Cavendish Square No.11 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

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