Key Points
  • Exploring innovative and accessible ways of disseminating information about mental health
  • Acknowledging the diversity of the student body to ensure that bespoke support is offered to all students
  • Exploring effective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies and tackling discrimination and the link to mental health
  • What Universities should do to protect at risk students from suicide
  • Providing preventative psycho- educational to more intensive therapeutic support for students with serious mental illness and anxiety issues


Overview
Confirmed Speakers
  • Keynote: Alan Percy, Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group
  • Keynote: Dr Dominique Thompson, Author & GP, & Former Director, University of Bristol Students’ Health Service & *Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year 2017*
  • Keynote: Emma Douthwaite, Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Office for Students (OfS)
  • Chris Warrington, Head of Student Support, University of Leeds & AMOSSHE Executive Member
  • Professor Jo Smith, Suicide Safer Project Lead & Professor of EIP and Psychosis, University of Worcester
  • Stephen May, Director, The Screen Arts Institute
  • Dr. Usha Sundaram, Senior Lecturer in Consumer and Digital Marketing, University of East Anglia
  • Dr. Emma Broglia, Senior Research Fellow, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Dave Smithson, Operations Director, Anxiety UK
  • Chris Shelley, Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich
  • Dr. Emily McIntosh, Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, Middlesex University, London
  • Dave Corcoran, Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, University of Chichester


“Collectively, we must prioritise the wellbeing and mental health of our students - there is no negotiation on this. To make this happen, leadership from the top is essential” Sam Gyimah, former Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation

In recent years, the Higher Education sector has seen a stark rise in mental health related issues, with 94% of higher education institutions reporting an increase in demand for their counselling services*, and reports of student suicides increasing by 79% from 2007 (75) to 2015 (134) *.

Westminster Insight’s second conference on Mental Health in Higher Education will enable delegates to hear from leading voices in this field. You will hear from Alan Percy, Head of Counselling at the University of Oxford and Chair of the Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group. You will also hear from Dr Dominique Thompson, a former University GP, who will be sharing her insight into the 78,000 consultations she made with University students.

Our Conference will focus on; adopting a whole university approach to mental health, how to effectively streamline pastoral care and shift staff cultures, and how to establish effective partnerships with external agencies to enable integrated responses and processes.

We will also be covering the following key topics:
  • Exploring innovative and accessible ways of disseminating information about mental health
  • Acknowledging the diversity of the student body to ensure that bespoke support is offered to all students
  • Exploring effective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies and tackling discrimination and the link to mental health
  • What Universities should do to protect ‘at risk’ students from suicide
  • Providing preventative psycho- educational to more intensive therapeutic support for students with serious mental illness and anxiety issues

Sources * https://www.ippr.org/research/publications/not-by-degrees * https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/blog/declining-state-student-mental-health-universities-and-what-can-be-done

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:15
Registration and Networking

 

09:15 - 09:30
Chair’s Opening Remarks

 

09:30 - 10:00
Keynote Address: Adopting a Whole-University Approach to Student Mental Health

 
  • Assessing the importance of ‘joined up’ thinking and messages from the institution as a whole
  • Ensuring that student growth targets are in line with resources and support on offer on campuses
  • Exploring the boundaries to the University’s ‘duty of care’
Q&A 09:50-10:00

Speakers

Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group, UUK

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10:00 - 10:30
Streamlining pastoral care and fostering effective internal processes

 
  • Exploring University understanding of streamlining pastoral care by establishing efficient signposting
  • Shifting staff cultures to ensure clear definitions of roles and responsibilities
Q&A 10:20-10:30

Speakers

Emily McIntosh Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, Middlesex University, London

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10:30 - 11:00
Establishing Robust Multi-Agency Partnerships

 
  • Establishing positive partnerships with external providers of support such as the police, local advisory services and health centres, victim support and well-being services
  • Developing effective early intervention team models by coordinating clear response strategies with all relevant agencies 
  • Ensuring quality and secure data is shared between the different agencies to ensure effective delivery of service
Q&A 10:50-11:00

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Chris Shelley Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich

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11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break

 

11:30 - 12:00
Keynote Address: “What I learnt from 78,000 GP consultations with university students"

 
  • What are the reasons for the increase in demand for mental health support? 
  • What can Universities do keep up with this demand?
Q&A 11:50-12:00

Speakers

Dr Dominique Thompson Author, GP, & Director, Buzz Consulting

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12:00 - 12:35
Panel Session: Being Pro-active not reactive on Mental Health at University

 
  • Reviewing coping strategies for dealing with mental health issues of students          
  • Exploring innovative and accessible ways of disseminating information about mental health

Speakers

Dave Corcoran Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, University of Chichester

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Chris Warrington Head of Student Support, University of Leeds & AMOSSHE Executive Member

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Dr. Usha Sundaram Senior Lecturer in Consumer and Digital Marketing, University of East Anglia

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Stephen May Director,The Screen Arts Institute

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12:35 - 13:10
Panel Session: Taking a holistic approach to student wellbeing and appreciating the diversity of the student body

 
  • Improving our understanding of the mental health issues of international students and what strategies should be in place 
  • Acknowledging the bespoke experiences of Post-Graduate Students 
  • Exploring effective Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategies and tackling discrimination and the link to mental health

Speakers

Dr. Emma Broglia Senior Research Fellow, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Sophie Homer Senior Researcher, University of Plymouth

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13:10 - 14:00
Networking Lunch

 

14:00 - 14:30
Keynote Address: Supporting Universities and colleges to do more to tackle and improve the Mental Health of students

 
  • Reviewing the early findings from the £6m Challenge Competition projects that the OfS are funding 

Q&A 14:20-14:30

Speakers

Emma Douthwaite Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Office for Students (OfS)

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14:30 - 15:00
Why Universities Must Do More to Protect ‘At Risk’ Students from Suicide

 
  • Building University wide suicide prevention strategies reduce suicide
  • Educating students to value mental health equally with physical health
Q&A 14:50-15:00

Speakers

Professor Jo Smith Suicide Safer Project Lead Professor of EIP & Psychosis, University of Worcester

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15:00 - 15:30
Exploring early intervention techniques and support for treating students with mental health disorders

 
  • Providing preventative psycho-educational to more intensive therapeutic support for students with serious mental illness and anxiety issues
Q&A 15:20-15:30

Speakers

Dave Smithson Operations Director, Anxiety UK

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15:15 - 15:20
Chair’s Closing Remarks

 

End

Speakers

Dr. Emma Broglia Senior Research Fellow, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Dave Corcoran Head of Student Support and Wellbeing, University of Chichester

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Emma Douthwaite Safeguarding and Welfare Manager, Office for Students (OfS)

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Sophie Homer Senior Researcher, University of Plymouth

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Stephen May Director,The Screen Arts Institute

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Emily McIntosh Director of Learning, Teaching and Student Experience, Middlesex University, London

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Alan Percy Head of Counselling, University of Oxford & Chair, Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Expert Working Group, UUK

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Chris Shelley Director of Student and Academic Services, University of Greenwich

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Professor Jo Smith Suicide Safer Project Lead Professor of EIP & Psychosis, University of Worcester

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Dave Smithson Operations Director, Anxiety UK

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Dr. Usha Sundaram Senior Lecturer in Consumer and Digital Marketing, University of East Anglia

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Chris Warrington Head of Student Support, University of Leeds & AMOSSHE Executive Member

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Venue details

Central London


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