In this section you will find news articles/items/events identified by the project team selected from mainstream media and social media sources. The selected articles/items/events relate in part or whole to aspects of holism which bear upon the project objectives.
Mental Health at University
Support for Students and Staff, Partnerships with External Providers and Creating a Whole-Institutional Approach
Policy-UK Forum: 8.30-13.00, Tuesday 27th June 2017, Central London
£200* (plus VAT) per delegate with promotional code (see below)
With a keynote address from:
Professor Steve West
Vice-Chancellor, University of the West of England; and
Chair, Universities UK Working Group on Mental Health in Higher Education
Professor Lord Norton of Louth, Professor of Government, University of Hull and Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary University Group; and Daniel Zeichner MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Students and Member, All-Party Parliamentary University Group
We are currently offering 20% (£50) off our regular price using the discount code in this email. Further reductions (as well as free places) are also available to assist those for whom the ticket price is a barrier. Never feel excluded – we try to accommodate everyone (further details are below).
“It is not surprising that mental illness is so common at universities…Universities, government and the NHS have a collective responsibility to rise to this challenge.”
(The Rt Hon. Norman Lamb MP, Foreword, The invisible problem? Improving students’ mental health)
Timed to follow the release of the Universities UK mental health framework for universities, launched in December 2016 and expected to be published in March, and being held in the context of the recent commitment by the Prime Minister to tackle the ‘stigma’ around mental health, particularly amongst young people, 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 HEPIreport, The invisible problem? Improving students’ mental health.
Key areas to be addressed:
Creating University-Wide Approaches to Tackling 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
Sessions will look at how to overcome the taboo of mental health within universities, consider what needs to be done to create a sector-wide approach to mental health that works for all institutions and assess the way forward to implement the recommendations from the forthcoming UUK mental health framework.
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
Delegates will look at how to guarantee student support services are accessible enough so that provision is available whenever necessary, as well as how to ensure the parity of support between term-times and holidays. Attendees will also discuss how to improve relationships and collaborations with external providers of health and wellbeing services as well as what more can be done to bridge the gaps in support, for example through peer-to-peer support groups and online or phone services.
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 ill health for fear of being treated differently, sessions will also consider the impact of the rise in the number of university students over recent years, coupled with rising pressures in an increasingly marketised HE sector and discuss what can be done to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for the university workforce.
View the full agenda here.
Places at the forum (including course materials and refreshments) are:
* Use the promotional code: MHUNZO-433493 to receive the above rate. £200 is 20% (£50) off our standard fee of £250. This discount will expire at midnight on Tuesday 4th April 2017;
* Multiple Delegate Discount * Register 2 Delegates and the 3rd is Half Price (this can be used with the discount code above)
We are looking forward to the day and hope to see you there.
With kind regards,