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Could you provide a voice for student well-being?

Wednesday 21 January 2015 Welfare and Student Rights

The Mental Well-Being in Higher Education (MWBHE) would like to give students the chance to share their mental health experiences whilst at university, as part of their next Conference in February.

The MWBHE conference on Student Mental Well-being, which is due to take place on 13 February 2015, is aimed at University policy makers and senior staff who will help shape the future with regard to mental health support for students.

As part of the process and to give you direct input into the day they are looking for student voices to share their mental health experiences whilst at university by providing a 1-2 minute podcast of in which you can describe your own experience.

Your script might include:

  • A brief explanation of any mental health problems while at university or HE college
  • What helped
  • What would have helped
  • The outcome:
    • Did you get your degree?
    • Was it as good as you hoped?
    • Was it lower due to your mental health problems?
    • Did you leave or take temporary withdrawal?

In order to preserve confidentiality you are free to remain anonymous and can be filmed in shadow, if you prefer. Please do not to name the institution where you are studying (as we will not be able to use any that do). You will also need to give permission for your material to be used (it will only be used at the conference). 

When you have completed your podcast please upload to YouTube and set the video to 'unlisted'.

Then send link via e-mail to Brendan.mahon@nightline.ac.uk  - please contact Brendan if you have any queries.

You may delete your podcast from YouTube after the conference, if you wish.

NUS is represented on the Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Well-Being in Higher Education which was founded in 2003 in response to growing interest in, and concern about, the mental health of students and staff in UK higher education. Other bodies and groups represented include:

  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Association of Managers of Student Services in HE (AMOSSHE)
  • Student Health Association (SHE)
  • Heads of University Counselling Services (HUCS)
  • Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych)  
  • Universities UK (UUK)
  • University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN)