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Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education

further & higher education Training

09:15 - 16:15

Tuesday 10 March 2020

Central London

For a limited time we are offering 10% discounts for the first 8 delegates on the course. To take advantage of this discount, enter code SF6GHF6 when completing your booking.

A recent survey conducted by The Insight Network of almost 38,000 UK students in 2018, found that 21.5% had a current mental health diagnosis and 33.9% had experienced a serious psychological issue for which they felt they needed professional help.

This Enhancing Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education course will provide you with the most up-to-date knowledge and a unique opportunity to gain insight from experts in the area of student mental wellbeing.

Throughout interactive sessions and practical workshops, you will create a tailored action plan to help implement the latest guidance and embed excellence within your institution.

Learning Objectives:
  • Take away guidance on how to reduce the risk of student suicide, and support students who are thinking of harming themselves
  • Gain confidence in how academic staff can successfully support student mental wellbeing
  • Understand how student mental health needs can vary at different times throughout their university life
  • Develop a personalised action plan to effectively support your students going forward
Confirmed:

Chair

Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Mental Health Expert

Speakers

Rotimi Akinsete, Associate Dean of Students (Wellbeing & Inclusion), University of the Arts London

View the agenda and additional speakers

09:15

Registration


09:45

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Mental Health Expert (CONFIRMED)


10:00

An Overview of Current Challenges in Supporting Student Mental Wellbeing - Setting the Scene for 2020

  • Review the current key challenges facing the university sector with regards to student mental wellbeing
  • Discuss latest guidance available in England related to student mental health and wellbeing
  • Identify challenges that students face at the beginning and end of their programme of study to support them through transition
  • How to best work with families and carers of students experiencing mental health issues
  • Discuss the challenges that arise from working with external providers, including the NHS, and setting up effective relationships that will support students

Rotimi Akinsete, Associate Dean of Students (Wellbeing & Inclusion), University of the Arts London (CONFIRMED)


10:45

Morning Break


11:00

Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues from an Academic Perspective

Review the training and support needs of academic staff and how they can best support students.

  • Ensure that staff are supported in their work with students experiencing mental health issues, and are able to set boundaries
  • Learn how to ensure a positive and close relationship between academics and student wellbeing services
  • Review the training needs of academic staff who deal with student mental wellbeing
  • Redesign programmes that improve student and staff personal resilience

Nic Streatfield, Head of Student Services, York St John University (invited)


12:00

Suicidal Thinking and Self-Harm Behaviours – Why it Happens and What Support we Can All Provide

  • Discuss the national policy landscape of student suicide
  • Gain insight into preventative measures that can be put in place in your institution
  • Learn about the possible warning signs that may present in students
  • Understand why students think about suicide or harm themselves
  • Feel confident to support students in distress whatever your role

Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Mental Health Expert (CONFIRMED)


13:00

Lunch


14:00

Workshop: Embed Best Practice within Your Institution - Where Are You Now?

In this session, delegates will work with the chair to review their institution’s effectiveness in the area of mental wellbeing support and create an action plan for your role and your institution.

  • Identify areas for improvement in your organisation’s mental health/ wellbeing services
  • Analyse the barriers to realising improvements and how to overcome them
  • Can we learn from what we do well?
  • Consider innovative solutions
  • Consider how best to educate and support university colleagues
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students (and staff) going forward

Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Mental Health Expert (CONFIRMED)


14:45

Afternoon Break


15:00

Workshop: Embed Best Practice within Your Institution - Next Steps

In group activities, delegates will consider existing guidance and best practice examples to consider areas for development within their own service.

  • Identify areas for improvement in your organisation’s mental wellbeing services
  • Analyse the barriers to realising improvements and how to overcome them
  • Consider how best to train and support university staff
  • Develop an action plan to effectively support your students going forward

Dr Dominique Thompson, Student Mental Health Expert(CONFIRMED)


16:00

Feedback, Evaluation & Close

Programme subject to change


Dr Dominique Thompson

Student Mental Health Expert

Dr Dominique Thompson has been a GP since 2000, and was Director of the University of Bristol Students’ Health Service from 2010-17. As Director she led an innovative drive to develop new services, including the original pilot for the now Bristol-wide, primary care eating disorders service (First Step), and a primary care based psychology service for students with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (SHERPa).

In 2018 Dominique was a speaker for TEDx Bath with her talk “What I Learnt from 78,000 GP Consultations with University Students.”

She was the GP member of the NICE Eating Disorders Guidelines Development Group 2015-17.

The University Practice was named Bristol GP Practice of the Year 2016, and in 2017 Dominique was named Bristol Healthcare Professional of the Year.

After 17 years as a GP, Dominique has now launched her own student health and wellbeing consultancy, to assist universities, the NHS and other organisations in improving their student support offer. She also offers training in a range of mental health related topics to university and school staff.

Since May 2018 Dominique has held a non-executive Director role at 2gether Mental Health Trust, in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Dominique writes frequently about young adult wellbeing, eating disorders and mental health in both the medical and non-medical press. She has collaborated on mental health apps and website development, and written book chapters on mental health, for publication in 2018/19.

Twitter @DrdomThompson

You can find out more, and contact her at www.buzzconsulting.co.uk

Rotimi Akinsete, Associate Dean of Students (Wellbeing & Inclusion), University of the Arts London

Rotimi Akinsete is currently Associate Dean of Students at the University of the Arts, London  and has  extensive experience in Higher Education Student Support and in community and NHS services. He sits on the AMOSSHE Executive Committee,  is a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility (PCSR), and a lead member of BAATN (Black, African and Asian Therapists Network)

Rotimi is also the founder and director of Black Men on the Couch, a special interest project focussing on psychotherapy and identity politics of African and Caribbean men and boys and is the author of This Book Could Help: The men’s Headspace Manual

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