Student Mental Health: Developing an Effective Support Strategy

At Dods, what we do best is produce cutting-edge content and partner with the best thought-leaders - to bring to you insights, the latest policy information, best practice and an opportunity to exchange exciting ideas with peers. As, for now, you cannot join us at our live events, we will bring them to you, in the safety of your homes and offices. The Student Mental Health Briefing goes online! 

Confirmed Speakers:​

  • Dr Bridgette Bewick, Associate Professor in Psychological Health and Wellbeing, University of Leeds
  • Dr Annie Grant, Former Dean of Students and Director of Student Services, University of East Anglia and Founding Member of UK/GuildHE Working Group for the Promotion of Mental WellBeing in Higher Education
  • Dr Anna Matthews, Director and Founder of UMO and Umo Pro, Chair of The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN)
  • Dr Jacquie White, Mental Health Strategy Lead, Senior Lecturer, University of Hull
  • Alan Percy, Chair of MWBHE (Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education) 2018-21, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford
  • Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich
  • Magnus Wood, Adviser, Mental Health Foundation, TEDxKingstonUponThames
  • Emily Wheeler, Chair of Trustees, Nightline Association


Reported levels of mental health problems, 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 us on the 20th October to hear on the latest strategies and good practice to ensure your students are fully supported now and in the future.

    Key issues to be addressed:

    • Adopting a “Whole-University” approach to bettering student mental health: Embedding mental health across all policies, cultures, curricula and practice
    • The “Mentally Healthy” Universities’ programme
    • Facilitating a smooth transition to HE
    • Developing stronger partnerships with the NHS and local healthcare providers
    • Building on existing partnerships with external support services
    • HEIs responsibility for student mental health & wellbeing
    • Educating staff and pupils on the benefits of speaking about mental health
    • Promoting current programmes designed to improve well being
    • Implementing peer support programmes
    • Increasing support during high ‘risk’ times, including start of term, holidays etc.

    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 now and in the future.

    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.

    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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