Event Summary

Most students attending higher education are between 17 and 25 years of age, the peak age of onset for mental health issues.* Universities across the UK are seeing a rapid increase in the number of students seeking help for mental health difficulties.

Now more than ever, universities must prioritise the mental health and wellbeing of students and take steps to improve support.

Join Westminster insight’s Mental Health in Higher Education Conference to hear the latest guidance and insights from experts working within mental health and higher education.

Time and again students with mental health conditions have lower rates of continuation, attainment, and progression. How can universities increase disclosure and encourage students to come forward for support?

Understand how other universities have developed a university-wide approach to mental health support by effectively integrating academic departments and university wellbeing services, promoting holistic wellbeing support.

Learn how to implement successful crisis management strategies and adopt a proactive response to suicide prevention. Take steps to identify and support students who may be at risk. Hear from Universities UK about the guidance for Suicide-safer universities and sharing information with trusted contacts and families during times of serious concern about a student’s safety or mental health.

With the Government recently announcing funding to close the gaps between universities and NHS services, learn from areas of the UK, Cardiff and Manchester, that have developed multi-agency partnerships between universities and NHS Trusts.

You will hear from former students that have driven positive mental health change within a higher education setting following their own personal experience of poor mental health.

Attend in-person to network with colleagues and take stock of how your organisation can better support students who are experiencing mental health problems.

*House of Commons briefing paper, December 2020 (Support for students with mental health issues in higher education in England)

Key Topics

  • Understanding pressures on student mental health services
  • University-wide mental health services – supporting students from their first to final years
  • What is meant by ‘Duty of Care’?
  • Increasing disclosure of mental health conditions – ensuring this is done early at University
  • Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing on campus and beyond
  • Successfully navigating crisis management to prevent incidents of suicide in higher education
  • Identifying and supporting vulnerable students, and working in partnership with statutory and emergency services, families, carers, and trusted contacts
  • Closing gaps in in mental health care by encouraging multi-agency partnerships between Universities and NHS Trusts
  • Understanding the needs of marginalised communities and providing access for all

Venue Details and Access

In-person – This conference will take place at Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London EC1V 3PS. Attend in person to network, build relationships and learn from your peers.