The Higher Education sector is taking seriously the need to establish good practice in promoting wellbeing. To that end, Universities UK has produced the #stepchange framework which argues that Universities should be leading ‘a national conversation on mental health’. Before we can do that well, we need to be having those conversations locally, making sure that everyone in our Hallam community is able to flourish. At those times when we feel we are not flourishing, we need to be able to say so and to get help and support.
The #stepchange initiative is a high-level vision, however. For more practical help, Student Minds has just produced a guide for the Higher Education sector on how to best work alongside students to improve mental health in university communities.
The Student Minds guide outlines good practice for working with students, as experts in their own experience, to co-create initiatives and policies around mental health. What’s more, the guide articulates clearly the principles for collaborative working with students more broadly, and includes some well-designed and functional tools.
See, for example, the interactive flow chart on page 30 of the guide, which could apply to all the development and design work we do, not just mental health work:
See how Sheffield Hallam supports Student Minds through the National Student Survey
Please also help to circulate this survey by a Hallam student, to explore the relationship between mental health literacy and help-seeking behaviours in undergraduates.
|Information on activities at Sheffield Hallam on #UniMentalHealthDay are available on the Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union website