Student Mental Health: Providing Effective & Co-ordinated Support

Confirmed to Speak:

  • (Chair) Dr Ruth Caleb, Wellbeing Consultant & Former Head of Counselling, Brunel University London & Chair, UUK/Mental Wellbeing in HE Working Group
  • Paul Jenkins, Chief Executive, The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust
  • Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds
  • Jayne Aldridge, Director for the Student Experience, University of Sussex & Chair, AMOSSHE
  • Dr Nicola Barden, Director of Student Services, University of Winchester & Executive Member, AMOSSHE
  • Gedminte Mikulenaite, Policy Officer (Mental Health in HE), Universities UK
  • Molly Maher, Campaigns Co Ordinator, Manchester Metropolitan University Students' Union


As student numbers continue to rise and mental health issues grow in volume and visibility, the pressure on University Mental Health Support Services is at an all-time high. Supporting students on their journey into and through higher education, scaffolded by effective interaction with outside agencies such as the NHS, will make for happier, more successful graduates. Action must be taken to reduce the dropout rates of those with mental health issues, and avoid an increase in student suicides.

Attend this timely Westminster Briefing to hear about the current policy landscape and what impact the new Office for Students will have on support and university requirements. Learn from Universities UK’s latest report, Minding Our Future, and receive action plans from universities that have successfully implemented a comprehensive approach to Mental Health across their university population.


Key Issues to be Addressed Include:

  • Role of the Office for Students: new guidance & building on existing projects
  • HEIs’ responsibilities for student mental health & wellbeing
  • Embedding a whole institution approach: raising awareness & understanding among staff
  • Universities UK's new Minding our Future guidance and how it can help
  • Facilitating a smooth transition to HE 
  • Effective partnership working with the NHS: timely referrals & record sharing
  • Working with Students’ Unions & incorporating the voice of the student
  • Combatting loneliness & isolation
  • Preventing suicide on campus

The Event:

The morning session will focus on the current policy and programmes in place to help universities support their student body with mental health issues, including a full update on the Office for Students.

The afternoon session will look closer at best practice case studies from universities facing the same challenges as you, offering concrete strategies to take back to your setting.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in supporting students with their mental health, including but not limited to: Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Heads/Directors of Student Welfare/Support, Mental Health Teams, Safeguarding Officers, Student Counselling Services, Disability Advisors, Access Officers, Registrars, Students' Unions, Mental Health Charities, NHS Trusts & local government partners.

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