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There are the five cross-cutting themes to embed a whole university approach in your university.
These 'enablers' are:
Strong and visible strategic leadership is essential.
Vice chancellors and senior leaders should commit to mental health as a strategic priority across all aspects of the university.
Co-production with students and staff is at the core of the whole university approach.
Through co-production, students’ and staff unions and representative bodies have the opportunity to improve outcomes in a way that is non-adversarial.
No decision about me, without me.
Use co-production for:
Sharing information between academic, professional services and support teams may be critical to identifying and helping students and staff in difficulty.
Confidentiality is fundamental to safe and accessible mental health care.
At the same time, sharing information and records – under governed agreements – can help with potentially dangerous gaps in care.
It is good practice to use all available resources – including family or friends – to support those in mental distress or at risk of suicide.
Ideally, this should involve a conversation about consent to avoid the negative effects of someone losing control over their decisions or overriding privacy.
Where this is not possible, a well governed judgement may be made in the best interests of the person who is causing concern.
Read our guidance on sharing information to find out more.
We have to recognise that people face unequal challenges to their mental health.
This can include challenges that are:
There are significant gaps in our knowledge of mental health and wellbeing in higher education. This includes:
Every institution can be help by: