Minding our future aims to improve links between local NHS services and the support that universities provide. The prospectus sets out students' characteristics and vulnerabilities and new guidance to improve the coordination of care between the NHS and universities so that all students can access the care they need.
UUK adopted mental health as a proactive policy priority in 2016, launching the programme to improve the mental health of students and staff across higher education.
This sits alongside previous work on mental health in higher education including Universities UK's (UUK's) #StepChange framework and the MWBHE Student mental wellbeing in higher education: good practice guide.
The Services Task Group, chaired by Paul Jenkins, was formed to shape and advise the work, which has also been explored and discussed extensively with wider stakeholders.
The programme has benefited from the high levels of engagement and energy shown by Task Group members.
Task group members
Paul Jenkins (chair), Chief Executive Officer at The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and Vice Chair of the Mental Health Network
Ben Bailey and Jayne Aldridge, Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education
Jeremy Christey, British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy Universities & Colleges
Jackie Cornish, NHS England
John de Pury, Universities UK
Michael Doherty, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Helen Garnham, Public Health England
Clare Lamb, Royal College of Psychiatrists
Toni Mank, IAPT Lead at NHS England
Liz Maudslay, Association of Colleges
Gedminte Mikulenaite, Universities UK
Lydia Pell and Dan Doran, The University Mental Health Advisers Network
Dominique Thompson, Buzz Consulting
Rachel Piper, Student Minds
Fleur Priest-Stephens, National Union of Students
Miranda Wolpert, Anna Freud Centre
Student Minds and the Mental Health Network supported our call for evidence to students and service providers. The surveys helped us identify the good practice in the sector and the ways in which mental health support and pathways between care and universities services can be improved.
For more information on this work, please contact
Universities UK's enquiries service or tweet us
@UniversitiesUK #stepchange #studentmentalhealth #mindingourfuture.
Good mental health services for young people by Royal College of Psychiatrists
Not by degrees: Improving student mental health in the UK's universities by Institute of Public Policy Research
Guidance Note: GP Practices serving Atypical Populations by NHS England
University Challenge: Integrating Care for Eating Disorders at Home and at University by Student Minds
Grand Challenges in Student Mental Health by Student Minds
Survey on students with mental health conditions in Further Education by Association of Colleges