As part of an ongoing programme of good practice sharing events, Go Higher West Yorkshire (GHWY) brought together delegates from 11 HE partners for ‘Averting Crisis: Supporting the Mental Health of Vulnerable Students’ in June 2020.
The diverse online session featured best practice presentations from University of Lincoln and Leeds College of Building, as well as constructive personal insights from current and former students. It concluded with an opportunity for delegates to generate ideas for practical implementation of good practice and discuss the legacy of supporting students remotely during Covid-19.
All speakers, and the associated discussions, produced several insights related to identifying and supporting student mental health difficulties throughout the student lifecycle. Key learning points present several opportunities for the development of policy and practice. They are as follows:
With 89% of responding delegates stating they feel more equipped to support the mental health of students as a result of the session, GHWY is confident there will be a positive impact on the student experience at institutional level. Further, GHWY is setting up a digital network for delegates, aiming to support collaborative progress and facilitate continued discussion on this vitally important aspect of student wellbeing and success.
If you would like to receive any presenter slides from the session, please contact Susan Darlington.