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Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group

The Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education Working Group (MWBHE) supports and promotes the mental health of higher education students and staff. 

About us

Our aim is to increase collaboration between the different sectors, agencies and professional groups responsible for mental wellbeing in higher education.  

We recognise that this will be achieved through working closely with government bodies, NHS managers, educational institutions and mental health practitioners.  

We aim to be a reference point for university and external providers to influence policy on issues related to mental wellbeing in higher education.

MWBHE award


MWBHE is extremely proud of the work that students themselves do to support and promote their own mental health and that of their fellow students. Many people are simply not aware of all the work that students do, and so this year for the first time MWBHE launched an award to recognise the important contribution that students make. 
The panel of judges considered 31 high quality entries from across the country. They found it very difficult to decide on just one winner out of the large number of impressive and thoughtful entries. The panel noted how moved and inspired they were by the personal accounts of students, who described how their own experiences with mental health had played a formative and positive role in the design and implementation of their entry. 
In deciding on a Winner and two Runners up, the panel were struck by the simplicity, elegance and effectiveness of the following three entries, and the ease with which their entries might be replicated by students across the country working with either fellow students, or in collaboration with their university. Each of these entries were genuine initiatives by students for students. 

Please see the winning submissions for more information. 

The winning application can be accessed here - Helena Miles - walking for wellbeing.pdf

The runner ups were Elle Clark- Elle Clark- Mental health route planner.pdf  and mental health toolkit.pdf, and Jack Roby with the LASS society:


For any queries please contact Gedminte Mikulenaite, Universities UK Policy Officer (Mental Health in Higher Education).

Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide (2015)

By taking account of today's student requirements and the increasing diversity of higher education provision emerging across the UK's four nations, our 2015 guidance highlights the following areas for consideration in developing institutional policies and procedures:

  • National and international policy developments
  • Duty of care and legal considerations
  • Access to support, advice and guidance
  • Provision of training, development opportunities and information dissemination
  • Demand for institutional services versus external statutory services
  • Liaison between internal and external, voluntary and statutory agencies.

Each institution is different, therefore their use of this guidance will depend on the makeup of the student cohort and the particular challenges the institution may face.

Our events

We host events offering advice and best practice for mental health and wellbeing professionals working in universities. For information on upcoming and past events visit the events section of the Universities UK website.

Current research

We are interested in working with other organisations or individuals on research projects of mutual interest. If you would like to discuss potential collaboration, please contact Dr Ruth Caleb, Chair of the working group.

Working group membership

Our members are drawn from organisations working directly with mental health and wellbeing in the higher education sector. 

We are supported by Universities UK.


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