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Conversations That Matter: Rosie Tressler & Dr Nicola Byrom

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Rosie Tressler & Nicola Byrom
'A Whole Community Approach for Student Mental Health'

Nicola Byrom and Rosie Tressler

In 2017 Universities UK published their step change framework, encouraging universities to strive for a Whole University Approach to student mental health. What does a whole community approach mean in practice?

We will argue that a whole community approach requires a radical step change in any community – including Higher Education. Extensive work on anti-stigma campaigns might have contributed to an increase in helpseeking among young people, however a whole community approach should go far beyond providing the appropriate help to students seeking support. We need to ask why students are reporting high levels of distress and seeking help.

Nicola and Rosie will reflect on factors that influence student mental health, and consider steps that the sector could take to address the current challenges for student mental health. The talk will draw on research and experience from Student Minds.

Speaker Biographies

Dr Nicola Byrom
has a developing research portfolio in the area of Student Mental health. Following her own personal experiences with mental health difficulties, Dr Byrom founded Student Minds in 2009 with the aspiration to change the way we talk about mental health in higher education. The ambition at Student Minds is for all students to feel confident talking about mental health. After running Student Minds for 6 years, she stepped back from the day to day operations in 2015. Her work with Student Minds was recognised by the Queen, when she was one of the first people in the UK to be awarded the Queen's Young Leader Award.

After working in a range of student facing organisations, Rosie Tressler joined Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity in 2013. Rosie took over the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2015, and has led a substantive expansion of the charity – today she manages a team of 10 individuals overseeing work in over 100 universities across the UK.

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17.30 Doors open

18.00 Talk commences

19.15 Event closes

Location: De Grey Court

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About Conversations That Matter

York St John University hosts an annual series of public talks and events that are free and open to all. This year, our community events feature a range of contemporary subjects that affect our daily lives and we invite you to join in on the conversations that matter. Reflecting on the topical issues of mental health and wellbeing, our speakers are leaders in their field or popular public figures and all have something of special interest to share with you. Find out more about the events in our 2018 series here.

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