Our programme has five goals:
Goal 1: Ensure students are equipped to manage their mental health and thrive at university.
Mental health orientation sessions will be designed for specifically for 1st year students, equipping them with basic mental health literacy and techniques to manage their mental health and the potential impact of their university experience.
Goal 2: Ensure students have the knowledge and tools to build their resilience.
Building on Mind’s existing experience of delivering resilience interventions, we will tailor content to ensure it meets the needs of students. 1st and final year students will receive this 4-week course, which involves both face to face sessions and online content, to equip them with knowledge and skills to build their resilience.
Goal 3: Ensure students are prepared to manage their mental health in future employment.
We will develop and deliver work-readiness workshops to support students in their transition from campus to workplace. This will ensure that students have an increased understanding of workplace mental health, why it matters, and potential workplace triggers to poor wellbeing.
Goal 4: Reduce stigma and improve peer support for university staff.
We will develop a network of 240 higher education staff champions with lived experience of mental health problems. Within each, and across the trailblazer cohort of universities, champions will be supported to set up and lead effective peer support networks, as well as delivering anti-stigma and awareness raising activity at key points in the mental health calendar.
Goal 5: Make positive changes to the way universities think and act about mental health.
‘Thriving at Work’ was an independent review of mental health and employers commissioned by the government and led by Lord Dennis Stevenson and Paul Farmer, Mind’s Chief Executive. The report sets out what employers can do to better support all employees and last year Mind produced guidance for employers about how to meet these standards. Through our pilot programme Mind will support participating universities to ensure they are meeting these standards. Building on their insights and learning from the pilot, we will develop practical guidance about implementing these standards for the wider sector.