Student Mental Health: Developing an Effective Support Strategy

Reported levels of poor mental health, mental distress and low wellbeing among students in UK higher education are increasing. With new developments such as the mental health charter and calls from the UUK for HEIs to adopt a “Whole-University” approach to student mental health, now is the time for consider the strategies HEIs are employing to deal with this ever-present issue.

Join this event to discover the latest strategies and best practice to ensure your students are fully supported now and in the future.

The morning session will focus on the current policy and programmes in place to help universities support their student body with mental health issues now and in the future.

The afternoon session will look closer at best practice case studies from universities facing.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how others are adopting g a “Whole-University” approach to bettering student mental health: Embedding mental health across all policies, cultures, curricula and practice
  • Explore the “Mentally Healthy” Universities’ programme
  • Examine how to develop stronger partnerships with the NHS, local healthcare providers and other external support services
  • Understand the HEIs responsibility for student mental health & wellbeing
  • Review ways to educate staff and pupils on the benefits of speaking about mental health


Expert Speakers Include:

  • Dr Bridgette Bewick, Associate Professor in Psychological Health and Wellbeing, University of Leeds
  • Dr Jacquie White, Associate Dean Education, University of Hull
  • Dr Anna Matthews, Founder and Director of UMO and UMO Pro, Chair of UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Network
  • Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services, Mind & the “Mentally Healthy” Universities Programme, University of Greenwich
  • Denise Meyer, Head of Wellbeing (Counselling and Mental Health), University or Portsmouth
  • Samantha Gunnarsson, Student Wellbeing & Safeguarding Manager, Bridgend College
  • Andrew Lagden, Education Consultant, Chair


The Event:

Due to current uncertainty surrounding live events and restrictions around social distancing, this event will now take place online.

As a delegate you can expect:

  • High quality and timely content as you would expect in a face-to-face event
  • Facilitated Q&A and panel discussions to put your questions to expert speakers
  • Access to recordings from all conference sessions post-event
  • Scheduled breaks throughout the day to minimise screen fatigue
  • CPD accreditation on request for all registrants
  • Delivered via Zoom Webinar, an accessible and user-friendly platform


Who should attend?

This event is specifically designed for stakeholders involved 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


Further information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Tuesday 20th October 2020

10.00am - 15.00pm

Event to be held online.


Private Sector | 1 Place: £395


Public Sector | 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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