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Conference: ​Best Practice in the Role of a Mental Health Adviser & Mentor

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UMHAN, King’s College London and UMO are jointly organising what we intend to be an annual conference concentrating specifically on the often hidden work of the Mental Health Adviser and Mental Health Mentor.


This is the first conference specifically aimed at this group of professionals working in Higher Educational Institutions. There is often a lack of understanding within the sector of these roles. Their work is unique within HEIs as they focus on strategies and inclusive learning that enables the students, frequently those with highly complex needs, to access and participate with their academic course of study as fully as possible. The support received enhances the students’ experiences at university and college, increasing their chances of academic success, and adds value to the institutions’ provision, results and retention.



Our full line-up will be announced shortly. For now, here's a taster of the lectures and workshops we have throughout the day:


Professor Geoffrey Cantor: Mental Health of Postgraduate Students

The presentation will explore factors impacting on mental health among research post-graduate students and the resulting high drop-out rate and rates of mental health difficulty. We will then consider some of the ways in which universities, supervisors, mental health advisors and mentors, and postgraduate students themselves can support such students and make the PhD experience less stressful and more fulfilling. The aim of this presentation is to open discussion on a topic in mental health that has generally been ignored.


Dr Anna Matthews: The Role and Organisation of HEI Specialist Mental Health Mentoring in Light of Recent Govt Changes

There is limited research on the practice of specialist mental health mentoring for students studying at HEIs. The presentation therefore addresses this imbalance and presents the findings of over six years of quantitative and qualitative research into the work of mentors and feedback from students. With this understanding, the presentation will go on to examine the role of specialist mentoring in HEI’s and how the profession is adapting in light of the recent government changes.


Dr Nicola Byrom and Gareth Hughes: Student Mental Health - the Academic's Perspective

Where academics have fostered good relationships with their students, students are likely to turn to an academic for support and advice regarding their mental health. This may be the student’s first conversation about mental health within the institution. As such, responsibility lies with the academic to provide appropriate support and signpost on to other services within the university. The session will report of findings of a qualitative research project to understand the experience of academics and personal tutors in supporting student mental health. In the session we will explore the challenges that academics face in supporting student mental health, with a view to understanding why signposting is difficult. Within this context, we can ask what role Mental Health Advisors can play in supporting students to engage more effectively with academics and in supporting academics to support their students.


Dr Luba Pirgova-Morgan and Dr Lucy Winrow: ProtectED: A holistic approach to student wellbeing and mental health

The ProtectED Code of Practice is a national accreditation scheme for student safety, security, and wellbeing at UK universities. The scheme was developed by academics and security experts at the University of Salford, in consultation with an advisory board of mental health experts.The presentation will describe the accreditation process whereby universities benchmark their policies, processes and practices on student safety, security and wellbeing, against the standard set in the Code of Practice, and explain how the ProtectED Code of Practice underpins the effective delivery of mental health support for students.


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