Student Mental Health: Identify-Respond-Support

  • Wednesday, 09 November 2022
  • Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre
  • 08:30 - 16:30
Expert Speakers
Sponsors & Supporters
  • Overview

In response to extremely positive feedback from previous delegates, Open Forum Events are pleased to be once again hosting the highly insightful Student Mental Health conference. Focusing on the many challenges that students face throughout their educational journey which can impact on their mental well-being, this fourth event is well anticipated and is an important addition to a series of health and social care meetings.

Issues such as transitioning through the various educational stages, expectations to achieve, undertaking exams, socialisation, and peer pressure, can induce stress and impact on the ability to cope. These concerns have been prevalent amongst the student population for all time, however, as Covid 19 continues to circulate throughout society, with continued uncertainty, the mental health of students and young people has accumulatively deteriorated and continues to be negatively impacted at scale and pace.

This must attend conference will feature some of the leading authorities on student matters and will look to establish the extent of the problem, discuss some of the causes, identify risk and seek potential solutions. The programme incorporates key presentations from speakers with both personal and professional experience, allocated time for questions and discussion, interactive engagement, and casual networking.

Open Forum Events is known for its reputation for delivering informative and impactful conferences and this event will not disappoint with its agenda of relevant content, expertise contributors and knowledge sharing opportunities.

The student community has been long been recognised as having vulnerability to compromised mental health, however, with the pandemic escalating prevalence, the need for superior support is urgently required and the Student Mental Health: Identify-Respond-Support conference will be a key opportunity to enable improvements.

Special Offer

In partnership with Embrace Resilience we are offering all delegates a package of free e-learning courses worth £60 when you register for this event.

These courses are used widely across mental health, health, and care sectors. and meet CQC requirements for training and development. In addition to the courses, delegates will have free access to download a toolkit including planners and journals to help with their own personal resilience.

We will send a list of courses from which you can select your free 5 course package after you register.

  • Confirmed Speakers

  • Event Programme


Registration and Coffee in the Networking Area


Chair's Opening Address


Opening Keynote Address

  • Dr Chris Johnston, Public Policy Analyst , Office for National Statistics (confirmed)
"Student COVID-19 Insights Survey – A Review of a Year of Surveys"

Between November 2020 and March 2022, the Student COVID-19 Insights Survey (SCIS) asked students in England about their experiences and attitudes regarding the coronavirus pandemic, such as if they were following rules around self-isolation, if they were vaccinated, if they were satisfied with their academic/social experience and how their mental health had been affected. This presentation will discuss how the survey was set up, how it changed between the first and last publication, what they key findings were and the impact the survey has had in discussions about students and coronavirus.



Speaker TBC

  • Suzie Shapiro, Mental Health and Wellbeing Campaigns Adviser/ PGR Mental Health Adviser, Student Wellbeing Team, University of Glasgow (confirmed)
"Supporting Student Transitions"

Students can experience many transitions during their time in school, college and university. Times when they start at a new educational institution, move between different levels of their course, finish their studies and gain employment can prove to be very stressful.


Headline Sponsor

Speaker TBC, Symplicity (confirmed)


Question and Answer Session

Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.


Coffee in the Networking Area


Case Study


Interactive Session

This 40 minute session will involve the audience being divided into two groups to participate in an interactive workshop. Delivered by an expert facilitator, the aim to is to develop delegates understanding and skills in supporting students with their mental health.   


Case Study


Question and Answer Session


Lunch in the Networking Area

A hot, two-course lunch consisting of multiple options will be provided for delegates. We cater for all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten/dairy-free; just notify us ahead of time should you have any allergens or requirements.


Chair’s Afternoon Address


Case Study

"How an Innovative System of Digital and Human Support Can Increase Student Mental Health and Wellbeing?"

We’ll share how technology can help students recognise their own goals and strengths, create solutions for overcoming problems and aid them towards independently managing time, work, and mental health and wellbeing. Our session will cover how the system builds capability and supports students with their mental health and share real life student stories and outcomes. We will demonstrate how a digital self-management system combining digital tools with human support, has enabled them to successfully transition to university, work towards completing their university degrees and establish transferrable skills that will help as they move on to employment.

"Introducing the Education for Mental Health Toolkit"

The Education for Mental Health online toolkit was designed for university teaching staff on how to support students' wellbeing and learning within the curriculum.

  • Yvonne Turnbull, Director, Student Advice and Wellbeing , Liverpool John Moores University (confirmed)
  • Dr Paula Harrison, Director of Student Administration and Support, University of Liverpool (confirmed)
"Funding and Innovation to Improve Mental Health Outcomes"

Covid-19 has had a devastating affect on the levels of anxiety and depression amongst the general student population. The government has awarded funding to support innovative projects to better support students and alleviate the consequences of compromised mental health.


Question and Answer Session


Afternoon Refreshment Break

  • Emma Speed, Director of Enterprise and Creative Innovation Zone, University of Central Lancashire (confirmed)
"Mental Health in the Student LGBTQ+ Community"

Students from the LGBTQ+ community can be under-represented and may be at risk of experiencing mental health difficulties at university. According to the NUS LGBTQ+ report, Education beyond the Straight and Narrow, 42% of LGBTQ+ respondents to the Youth Chances survey reported having experienced depression or anxiety, compared to 29% of non-LGBTQ+ respondents.


Speaker TBC



Question and Answer Session


Chair’s Closing Remarks & Event Close

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  • Gain 8 CPD points
  • Receive an update on the current situation and prevalence of poor mental health within the student population
  • Discover how student support services are better created through co production
  • Hear from and be motivated by speakers who are experts by experience
  • Gain an understanding of how transitioning through the education system can trigger mental health problems
  • Develop insight into identifying risk and how to respond appropriately
  • Understand how school days can act as a precursor and how early intervention can mitigate future issues
  • Be updated on the funding available to provide innovative solutions to improve student mental health
  • Learn about some specific issues that can cause a deterioration in wellbeing
  • Engage in sharing best practice
  • Benefit from the opportunity to question, discuss and debate with speakers and fellow professionals
  • Take advantage of knowledge sharing and professional networking
  • Contact Details
  • News
  • Sponsors
  • Venue
  • Featured Events
  • Downloads
  • Who will attend

Contact Details


  • Improving Mental Health for All

    • Posted on 23 March 2017
  • Time to deliver a comprehensive mental health plan

    • Posted on 08 March 2017
    • by Isabella Goldie
  • Are we forgetting something? The link between mental health and parenting support is critical

    • Posted on 01 December 2016
    • by Matt Buttery
  • Improving the Whole Children and Young People’s Mental Health System

    • Posted on 25 November 2016
  • Housing is the foundation that mental health services need

    • Posted on 25 September 2017
    • by Chris Hampson
  • Importance of Schools in the Children and Young People’s Mental Health System

    • Posted on 01 December 2017
    • by Professor Dame Sue Bailey OBE



Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

Pendulum Hotel & Manchester Conference Centre

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who will attend

Associate Heads of Student Experience
ASYE Coordinators
Audit and Assurance Consultants
Casework Managers
Clinical Placement Facilitators
Community Fundraising Officers
Directors of Graduate Taught Programmes
Directors of Graduate Taught Programmes

Directors of Undergraduate Programmes
Directors of Undergraduate Programmes
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