Meeting Mental Health Needs: Practical Interventions to Improve Services
- 12 December 2018
- 08:30 - 15:50
- Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
Recognition of student mental health and wellbeing issues has led to a culture change in further and higher education institutions. This conference will bring together F/HEIs, public, voluntary and third sector service providers; service users and mental health professionals to review progress made in addressing MH on campus', share best practices and develop their approach to improving student mental health outcomes.
Pressures brought on by workloads, budgeting, relationships and the transition to independent living contribute to an environment in which, according to YouGov’s 2016 survey of British students, more than a quarter (27%) of student’s reported having struggled with mental health issues. The Institute for Public Policy Research’s 2017 survey ‘Not by degrees: Improving student health in UK universities’ revealed that 95% of HEIs had reported an increase in the demand for counselling services. In 2016/17 student suicides have increased to 4.7% per 100,00 of the population according to the Mental Health Foundation.
Universities, colleges and schools are developing strategies and employing teams to support students developing or struggling to live with mental health issues. This conference will examine how policy can provide support for institutes and students, review the impact of HE reforms and existing cultures on student mental health; in addition to exploring how barriers to accessing services can be removed and how the stigma associated with mental health can be further eroded.
Facing greater academic and social pressures, a lack of personalised pastoral care and growing financial burdens, the prevalence of mental health issues amongst students is on the rise. Until 2009-10, the rate of male and female students reporting mental health issues was about 0.5%. By 2015, however, it had risen to 2.5% of female students and 1.4% of male students. Suicide rates amongst students have hit record levels in recent years. Students can also face up to four months waiting times to see a counsellor about their issues. The conference keynote address will address what can be done at a senior policy level to solve the issues.
The University of Bristol has drafted new mental health and wellbeing strategies in response to a consultation with students and staff. Key themes that have emerged from the consultation and will shape the policies are:
What impact does the university's leadership anticipate the new strategies will have on student mental health?
Bang the Desk is a grassroots campaign to reform the Further and Higher education curriculum's to accommodate the mental health wellbeing of our young people. Emily Polling, director of the campaign, is petitioning the government to make the following changes to the UK education system:
Remove formal testing for anyone under the age of 18. Informal, stress free assessments in class are a more than satisfactory method for establishing how well a student is performing.
Increase funding for the arts.
Introduce an hour of wellbeing into the curriculum every day.
Start every school day with 10 minutes of mindfulness and end every school day with 10 minutes of mindfulness.
Emily Polling will present to delegates on how lived experience of mental health led her to establishing the campaign group; in addition to updating the conference on progress being made lobbying the government to adopt Bang the Desk's campaign pledges and proactively tackle the burgeoning impact stress is having on student's mental health.
Educational institutions are becoming much better at responding to young people experiencing psychological and emotional crises, they are far less effective when it comes to being proactive and equipping young people with the skills, techniques and understanding to prevent avoidable crises from arising in the first place by teaching the key components of psychological resilience.
The suicide rate in the higher education student population is rising. In 2014, there were 97 deaths by suicide for male students and 33 female students in England and Wales. Our study aimed to explore the health behaviours of students so that tailored interventions could be designed to support positive health and wellbeing during programmes of study.
This presentation will outline self-reported student behaviours and discuss how these findings are being used, not only to inform the design of inventions, but also to support the design of a health and wellbeing surveillance system for use in higher education.
At the University of Manchester we've been using a new software system which identifies students who might be struggling with their mental health by triangulating their engagement and other data. The idea being that student support officers and other responsible staff can then follow up with these students quickly and before matters escalate for them.
In a 2-year trial it's had a profound effect on our student support. Using it we've uncovered several serious welfare cases that would have gone unnoticed and worsened, and using it we're now able to support students almost as soon as problems start to manifest themselves.
In this talk I will describe StudentCRT, the advantages it brings to student support and how I think similar systems could revolutionise mental health provision across multiple sectors.
Andrew Marunchak and Dr. Theo Gilbert, both based at the University of Hertfordshire, will present on progress towards training students and staff in the micro skills of compassion via a multi user virtual reality simulation.
This training is based on fast emerging scholarship on compassion - from neuroscience, clinical psychology and anthropology - that demonstrates how compassion (noticing the distress or disadvantaging of oneself or others, and acting to reduce or prevent that) is an entirely practical motivation (not an emotion) and that it enhances interpersonal dynamics and quality of subject-related decision-making and critical thinking in task-focused groups.
The micro skills of compassion are therefore now credit bearing on some degree programmes in HE, and this is expected to develop quickly in the next ten years as the underpinning science continues to grow. Indeed, findings in this area have increased demand amongst universities for training in these skills and this has given rise to the impetus for such training to be delivered through VR. The presentation will include clips of video footage from within the simulation to demonstrate the experience and advocacy of this learning experience to audiences.
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In 2002 the building was placed on the Listed Buildings at Risk Register with the Mary Ward House trust having failed to secure lottery funding.
The building has been painstakingly renovated to ensure that this extremely important part of National Heritage continues to serve as a place of learning, knowledge dissemination and promotion of equality.
We are continually reinvesting in upgrading and renovating the building to ensure it continues to serve society through the advancement of education (by the establishment and maintenance of a Grade 1 Listed building/museum)
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