Open Forum Events is vastly experienced in hosting national informative and insightful conferences focusing on the mental health of children and young people. We are now pleased to announce the Supporting Student Mental Health-Improving Outcomes and Achievements conference which will be the fifth such event dedicated to improving the mental health support provision within the Higher Education sector.
Moving from school into university or college is a for lots of young people their first major life event. This transitional period can be difficult to navigate and can evoke negative responses, particularly on their mental health and wellbeing. University centric challenges such as living away from home for the first time, academic achievement pressures, establishing new networks and financial responsibilities can make students vulnerable to psychological problems. A survey of students published in 2022 revealed:
With 100 students taking their own life every year and almost a third of students highlighting mental health concerns as a key reason for considering leaving university, there needs to be more robust and responsive support provision.
The Supporting Student Mental Health-Improving Outcomes and Achievements conference will bring together key stakeholders involved with student welfare and will look to establish the scale 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.
Delegates will benefit from an agenda of relevant content, expert contributors and knowledge sharing opportunities.
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In February 2018, Mark Shanahan’s son Rory took his own life. Rory was 22 and a student at Sheffield University. Since 2019, Mark has been looking at why around 100 university students take their lives each year in the UK and what the sector can do to change in terms of clarity for every student-facing role in the student journey; consistency of policies and best practice; and accountability when things go wrong. From academic conferences to parliament and now a Government Taskforce, Mark shares his journey towards a Statutory Duty of Care in HE.
High levels of mental health problems, substance disorders and suicidal behaviour are common among college students, with some courses appearing to have more students with these issues than others. Recent findings from the Student Psychological Intervention Trial (SPIT) will be discussed. SPIT was conducted across four university campuses in Northern Ireland and in a college in the North-West of Ireland, as part of the World Mental Health International College Student Initiative (WMH-ICS). One of the studies conducted as part of this project aimed to determine if students commencing college in different academic disciplines were at a heightened risk for specific disorders and if help seeking behaviour varied across courses. Variations were indeed revealed, and these findings would suggest that tailored interventions and prevention strategies may be beneficial in the university setting.
What is the R;pple tech tool and how it’s being used in Universities?
Allocated planned time for speakers to receive questions from the audience and induce further discussion.
This presentation will look into research regarding students mental health and the correlation this has with both finances and gambling. The presentation will also provide signposting and support options for professionals working with students who may be experiencing gaming disorder or gambling harm.
Occupational health play a significant role in supporting students as well as providing guidance and advice to University how to support students. The presentation is aimed to provide information about the role of OH and how to best utilised it.
The signs of bipolar often become apparent in young adulthood and, as Eve discovered whilst at university, student life can act as a catalyst for the condition. Spotting these signs early is key to helping people get the treatment and support they need to live well with bipolar. This talk will explore the signs of bipolar, what it’s like living with it as a student and why early intervention is crucial.
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.
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.
Introducing the charity that is Headucate UK, from its creation to where we are now. Giving you a deeper look into the Headucate branches and affiliated mental health societies in universities across the UK that make us able to provide such beneficial outreach work in primary and secondary schools by delivering interactive mental health workshops.
De Montfort University’s Embedding Mental Wellbeing team harnesses the power of academics, professional services and the Students’ Union in collaborative partnership to embed mental wellbeing activity across the University. Responding to the University community and the impact of Covid-19, their project achieved cross-institutional transformation and cross-sector impact, and was recognised by Advance HE with a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (CATE, 2022). In this presentation Zoë explores the collaborative activities that empower De Montfort University’s ongoing approach to embedding mental wellbeing.
The importance of developing a positive sense of identity and taking positive risks when living with mental ill health.
Verity will share expertise by experience; the student voice of her daughter & her own as a parent & professional.
This presentation will provide an overview of the Greater Manchester Universities Student Mental Health Partnership.
This presentation will delve into the lived experience of navigating mental health during university, delivered by a now qualified doctor.
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