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With 94% of universities in the UK experiencing a rise in the demand for student counselling services over the past 5 years, it is essential that universities are effectively prepared to support student mental wellbeing.

This Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education course provides a unique opportunity to gain guidance from expert speakers in the area of student mental wellbeing.

Only 29% of universities have an explicit strategy for student mental health and wellbeing. This interactive training course allows your institution to create a holistic strategy to improve student mental health and experience.

In interactive sessions and practical workshops create a tailored action plan to help implement the latest guidance and embed excellence within your institution.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Take away guidance on how to prevent and respond to student suicides
  • Gain insight into how to support academic staff in regards to student mental wellbeing
  • Understand how student mental health needs can vary
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students going forward
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome & Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Student Mental Wellbeing: Challenges and Guidance

  • Learn about the difference in needs between undergraduate and postgraduate students and their mental health
  • Get to grips with the challenges faced by first year students when living independently for the first time
  • Identify the key challenges of effectively supporting student mental wellbeing
  • Evaluate different methods of promoting student support services to students
10:45 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 11:45

Workshop: Ensuring Academic Staff Can Support Student Mental Wellbeing

Review the training and support of university staff and how to they can be supported to support students.

  • Learn how to ensure a positive and close relationship between academics and student services
  • Discuss approaches to effectively supporting academic staff to manage student wellbeing concerns
11:45 - 12:15

Ideas to Promote Good Mental Wellbeing

In this interactive session led by Laura Smythson delegates will learn strategies to promote positive mental wellbeing. Take this opportunity to discuss and share best practice with peers.

12:15 - 13:00

Preventing and Responding to Student Suicides

  • Discuss the national policy landscape of student suicides
  • Understand the responses to student suicides
  • Gain insight in to preventative measures that can be put in place in your institution
  • Learn about the possible warning signs that may present in students
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Workshop: Embed Best Practice within Your Institution - Where Are You Now?

In this session, delegates will work with the chair to review their institution’s effectiveness in the area of mental wellbeing support.

  • Examine the key challenges within your institution
  • Evaluate your current procedures by discussing case examples and scenarios
  • Assess the key strengths and weaknesses in your institutions’ current practice
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Embed Best Practice within Your Institution - Next Steps

In group activities, delegates will consider existing guidance and best practice examples to consider areas for development within their own service.

  • Identify areas for improvement in your organisation’s mental wellbeing services
  • Analyse the barriers to realising improvements and how to overcome them
  • Consider how best to train and support university staff
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students going forward
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


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