Student Mental Health: Responding to the Crisis

  • Tuesday, 05 May 2020
  • ETC.Venues Prospero House, London
  • 08:30 - 17:05
200+
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8
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20+
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

This conference will break-down the cultures, economic factors, social and institutional pressures contributing to dramatic rises in disclosures of mental health issues at universities and student suicides.

Delegates will explore why more students are turning to unconventional incomes like gambling and sex work during their studies, how the university experience can compound cultural and environmental conditions that lead students to access and supply drugs; and discussing how cross-institutional co-operation as well as legislative review of attitudes towards information sharing could prevent students reaching a point of crisis.   

Student Mental Health 2020 is our third national conference bringing together domestic and European HE institutes, students, academic/policy researchers, health, social care and counselling services to develop pragmatic approaches to:

  • Transitions of otherwise non-criminal student populations into drug use and supply created by financial instability, distance from guardians and the interconnected nature of student life.
  • Preventing student suicides; developing best practices in data sharing between institutions and families – measuring the importance of student safety and public interest against data protection, as well as investing in welfare support services and advanced planning.     
  • Isolation and instability created by increases in students engaging with sex work and gambling as a means of meeting the cost of university life.
  • Cultures of anxiety driven by transitions in curriculum and lifestyle, persecutory perfectionism, unrealistic expectations projected on new media platforms, institutional pressures and uncertainty around post-university employment opportunities.
  • Normalisation of competitive and insecure working cultures in the HE sector – how does this impact the human value of academic labour and the support available to young people struggling with their studies.      
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  • Event Programme

08:30

Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area

09:25

Chair's Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

  • Alan Percy, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford (confirmed)
"Chairing the Conflicted-Committee of Self"

Persecutory perfectionism is a blight on the mental health of students. In his presentation at November's conference, Alan Percy introduced delegates to his 'Committee Theory of Self'; a concept that positions the 'Self' as Chairperson of an unruly, conflicted committee that, unless appropriately disciplined, will be overrun by the dominant, persecutory voice of the 'dictator'. 

In the conference keynote, Alan, Head of Counselling at Oxford University and Visiting Professor in Psychology at Fudan University, Shanghai, will expand on his committee metaphor - discussing how the pursuit of a balanced, democratic resolution to marginalise the aggressive voice of the committee's persecutory 'dictator' is essential in improving student mental health.

09:50
  • Dr Leah Moyle, Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London (confirmed)
"#Drugsforsale and Student Transitions into Drug Supply"

Dr Leah Moyle has worked on two research papers that spotlight the changing nature of drug markets, drug dealing and cultures of drug use amongst young people. Leah's articles '#Drugsforsale: An exploration of the use of social media and encrypted messaging apps to supply and access drugs' - the first academic investigation into mobile apps in drug markets - and 'Student transitions into drug supply: exploring the university as a risk environment' asses multiple factors in how young people access drugs; as well as how universities can compound cultural and environmental conditions that lead students to becoming drug users.

 

Leah's presentation will integrate findings from both papers, including:

  • How apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, Tinder and Snapchat are providing new, easier routes to supplying and accessing drugs at university.
  • How distance from guardians, the interconnected nature of student populace and financial insecurity can contribute to facilitating transitions of otherwise non-criminal populations into drug use and supply.     
10:10
  • Afua Acheampong, Vice President Education, Nottingham Trent Students Union (confirmed)

Afua conducted research into the experiences of BME students at Nottingham Trent University and contrasted the results with the institutes existing data. The research formed a 23,000 word report, concluding with recommendations for the university to proactively tackle attainment issues. Afua's work has been made available to the university's governance in order to align it with the Race Equality Charter and form an action plan.

10:30

Headline Sponsor

10:50

Question & Answer Session

  • Alan Percy, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford (confirmed)
  • Dr Leah Moyle, Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London (confirmed)
  • Afua Acheampong, Vice President Education, Nottingham Trent Students Union (confirmed)
11:10

Coffee in the Networking Area

11:55
  • Lee Fryatt, Inspector, Hampshire Constabulary (confirmed)
"Confidentiality & Consent - Measuring Data Protection Against Student Safety"

Lee Fryatt is an Inspector at Hampshire Constabulary with 30 years of operational experience, including responding to critical incidents, youth offending and police custody management. He has broad experience of responding to people suffering with mental health conditions who are at a point of crisis in their life. Lee’s family has been personally affected by the devastating impact of suicide, when in September 2018 his eldest son, Daniel ended his own life just after starting University.

 

Combining his professional capabilities and lived experience, Lee has developed a considered approach to the role of confidentiality and data sharing between universities and families based on the principle of public interest to protect outweighing institutional fears of breaching data sharing policies. This presentation will cover:

  • Thoughts around the Information Sharing element of the suicide prevention strategy for England and Article 8 of the European Court of Human Rights.
  • Adopting intelligence-driven attitudes towards prevention, informed by reality test plans. 
  • Transitioning to a system that supports students who are struggling academically - away from the current 'fitness-to-study' assessment model. 
12:15

At Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs in Manchester, Professor Richard Hall delivered an intervention on how anxiety at university is inherent in a neoliberal HE sector that distorts the student experience into a value-for-money exercise. Richard argues that the 'metricide' of HE and proletarianisation of academic labour through competition-driven, insecure working environments has led to rises in academic staff experiencing anxiety, isolation and burn-out. Richard will be re-visiting his article 'Re-engineering Higher Education: The Subsumption of Academic Labour and the Exploitation of Anxiety' co-authored with Kate Bowles (University of Wollongong, Australia) and discussing how conditions for academic staff have radically restructured HE to subordinate the academic labour of learning to the pursuit of capital.  

12:35

Synopsis coming soon...

12:55

Case Study

13:15

Questions and Answer Session

13:30

Lunch in the Networking Area

14:30

Chair's Afternoon Address

  • Alan Percy, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford (confirmed)
14:35
"Student Sex Work"

Deborah and Tracey are Co-Directors of the Consortium for Sexuality Studies and were awarded £489,000 by the Big Lottery Innovation Grant for their 'Student Sex Work Project' - pursuing the development of innovative research, service development and creative dissemination. In addition to their research, Deborah and Tracey have hosted the Student Sex Work Conference, Sex Work Symposium and Sex Work Policy Group at Swansea University.  

 

Findings from The National Student Money Survey suggest a dramatic rise in undergraduate students engaging in conventional sex work - having sex for money, as well as unconventional sex work such as 'sugar dating' and selling digital content of a sexual nature whilst at university. The number of students surveyed that disclosed having partaken in sex work doubled since last year. An additional 6% of students said they would consider sex work if they were in need of emergency cash. Experts have warned that students engaging with sex work at university risk developing anxiety around disclosing negative experiences due to the stigma associated with it - potentially leading to isolation from peers and depression.

 

This presentation will not look to stigmatise sex work but instead, inform delegates on the common routes into student sex work and break-down specific challenges that student sex workers face; as well as proposing high-impact policy recommendations that can protect students in sex work.     

14:55

Student Lead Panel Discussion

Jessica Hyer, Student, The University of Manchester and Founder, Support for Student Sex Workers (confirmed)

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15:25

Afternoon Coffee Break

15:45

Case Study

16:05

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16:25

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16:45

Question and Answer Session

17:05

Chair's Closing Remarks

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  • Hear from FE/HE institutes, mental health service providers, public, voluntary and third sector organisations about steps being taken to improve mental health outcomes on campus.
  • Explore how wider determinants such as social media, withdrawal of student grants/education maintenance allowance, rising living costs and unaffordable housing contribute to mental health issues.
  • Learn how drug use impacts student MH - as well as assessing the immediate and long-term dangers of student's dealing drugs. 
  • Develop understanding of contemporary discussions taking place around student MH, such as the parity of esteem between data protection and human safety.
  • Explore data-driven initiatives utilising emerging technologies that are revolutionising institutional approaches to interventions.   
  • Discuss how to overcome barriers to care that are unique to FE/HE.
  • Network and knowledge-share with domestic and international peers, students, NHS service providers, stakeholders from public, voluntary and third sector organisations - developing shared solutions to common MH challenges in higher education. 
  • Explore legislative routes available to commissions and APPGs to develop policy responses to loneliness, isolation and financial instability at university.
  • Gain the maximum number of 8 CPD points.
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Venue

ETC.Venues Prospero House, London

ETC.Venues Prospero House, London

Our flexible and modern venue is situated over three floors, alongside two relaxing restaurants. The two large conference suites that can accommodate up to 300 people, are both conveniently located next to networking and exhibition space. Additional smaller meeting and training rooms range in capacities from 10 to 300 ensuring that Prospero House is perfect for any size event.

The venue is equipped with state-of-the-art AV, plasma screens and superfast wifi and they even include all the little touches that help make your event a success, such as flip charts and delegate stationery. An event team is on hand to ensure any event runs smoothly, and the in-house chefs produce freshly prepared lunches, breakfasts and all day snacks. Its fantastic location, opposite Borough tube station and a short walk from London Bridge and trendy Borough Market, means its ideally suited for clients both North and South of the river.

Featured Events

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    • 08:30 - 16:20
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  • Mental Health: Better, Faster and Earlier Help

    • 04 March 2015
    • 08:30 - 16:45
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  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Promoting Integration and Early Intervention

    • 08 December 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Mental Health: Forward Thinking – Delivering the Strategy

    • 15 September 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:45
    • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • Mental Health: Moving Forwards – The Five Year Plan

    • 10 March 2016
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Mental Health: Making the Forward Plans a Reality

    • 27 September 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:45
    • America Square Conference Centre, London
  • Children and Young People’s Mental Health: Taking Early Action

    • 06 July 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • Mental Health: Forward Thinking – The Implementation Plan

    • 16 March 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
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  • Children and Young People's Mental Health: Improving Care, Treatment and Support

    • 12 December 2017
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Improving Mental Health Outcomes: Integrating, Coordinating and Transforming Services

    • 25 April 2018
    • 08:30 - 16:30
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Children and Young People's Mental Health: Providing Effective Support

    • 03 July 2018
    • 08:30 - 17:00
    • The Royal National Hotel, London
  • Meeting Mental Health Needs: Practical Interventions to Improve Services

    • 12 December 2018
    • 08:30 - 15:50
    • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
  • Children and Young People's Mental Health: From Early Intervention to Improved Services

    • 12 February 2019
    • 08:25 - 15:45
    • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
  • Improving Student Mental Health Outcomes

    • 16 May 2019
    • 10:00 - 16:05
    • Mary Ward House Conference & Exhibition Centre, London
  • Safeguarding Students: Addressing Mental Health Needs

    • 26 November 2019
    • 08:30 - 16:25
    • The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
  • Media & Mental Health: Delivering A Duty of Care

    • 16 June 2020
    • 09:30 - 16:10
    • Central Manchester

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who will attend

  • Associate Head's of Student Experience
  • ASYE Coordinators
  • Audit and Assurance Consultants
  • Casework Managers
  • Clinical Placement Facilitators
  • Community Fundraising Officers
  • Counsellors
  • Deans
  • Directors of Graduate Taught Programmes
  • Directors of Graduate Taught Programmes
  • Directors of Undergraduate Programmes
  • Directors of Undergraduate Programmes
  • GPs
  • Head of Study Guidance Services
  • Heads of Faculty
  • Heads of Inclusive Student Support Services
  • Heads of Products and Partnerships
  • Heads of Programme Support
  • Heads of Student Services
  • Heads of Student Support