Enhancing learning and teaching about mental health across the disciplines
Earlier this year, UUK published a refreshed version of its strategic framework, Stepchange: mentally healthy universities, calling on universities to prioritise the mental health of their students and staff by taking a whole university approach to mental health.
The Stepchange approach and shared set of principles inform the Student Minds University Mental Health Charter which will provide a voluntary accreditation scheme for universities. UUK has also published an open access self-assessment tool developed with the Child Outcomes Research Consortium.
Recommended actions within the new framework include:
demonstrating visible leadership and senior ownership of mental health as a priority to promote open conversations and sustain change
working closely with students and staff to develop mental health strategies and services
ensuring accessible and appropriately resourced support for mental health and wellbeing for all students and all staff
focusing on staff mental health; inclusion of mental health in staff performance discussions and provision of appropriate training for line managers and supervisors
clarification of the key role of academic staff in supporting the mental health of students through appropriate training and development
commitment to assessments and course work that stretch and test learning without imposing unnecessary stress
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