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With recent reports highlighting the dramatic rise in demand for mental health services among students it is essential for universities to understand and respond to the challenges of supporting student mental wellbeing.

This is vital not only for universities to ensure that they are meeting their legal responsibilities but to enhance student retention rates and experience.

This Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education course, facilitated by experienced mental health professional, Chris Shelley, will provide a unique opportunity for higher education professionals to review their current procedures against best practice examples.

In interactive sessions and practical workshops delegates will work towards a tailored action plan to help implement the latest guidance and embed excellence within their institution.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key challenges within your institution
  • Understand and implement the latest guidance on student mental wellbeing
  • Effectively respond to your university’s legal responsibilities
  • Develop a “ten points proactive plan” to address student mental health issues
  • Discuss the risks of ignoring student mental wellbeing issues
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students going forward
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Student Mental Wellbeing: Challenges and Guidance

  • Identify the key challenges of effectively supporting student wellbeing in higher education institutions
  • Understand and implement the latest guidance on student mental wellbeing
  • Discuss fitness to study policies within universities
  • Successfully coordinate your services with healthcare providers
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:15

Best Practice: What does a Positive Health University Look Like

Learn from the Chair of the ‘Suicide Safer’ Project, which is reducing the number of suicides amongst students, the city and the wider county

  • Explore the use of multiagency projects to address student mental health issues
  • Examine the expanding role of counselling and mental health advisory services in universities
  • Determine how to build emotional resilience in students
  • Align your work with local healthcare providers
12:15 - 13:15

Engage with your Institution's Responsibilities to Students

  • Discuss the risks of ignoring student mental wellbeing issues
  • Assess how mental wellbeing fits into the wider remit of student experience and engagement, including the role of peer support
  • Develop a whole university approach and create effective cross-partnerships, for example with accommodation providers and sport services
13:15 - 14:15


14:15 - 15:00

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


etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate, Pimlico,, London, SW1V 2QQ