Informatics' Equality and Diversity Blog

March 22, 2017

Student mental health strategy

The number of students in the UK seeking support for mental health issues has increased significantly in recent years. This month, the University launched a strategy to improve support for students who experience mental health issues. An extract from the strategy, as it relates specifically to Schools, says the University aims to:

  • Roll out targeted training during 2016-19 in supporting students with mental health issues, including data disclosure issues, to: all personal tutors, all student support teams, supervisors, security staff, other professional services staff as needed
  • Enhance the quality and accessibility of information available to staff who
    need to support students with mental health issues
  • Develop a network of trained, specialist support staff (eg one senior SSO
    in each school) to act as a first point of contact for students wishing to
    discuss mental health issues or for other staff who have concerns about a
    student
  • Create a network for key staff to share practice / stay up to date / debrief
    / connect with professionals in other services.

For the full strategy see:  student_mental_health_strategy-2017 or find it online here: http://www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/policies-regulations/student-support

A summary of student support within Informatics, and links to specialist support in the University, can be found on the School intranet at: http://web.inf.ed.ac.uk/infweb/student-services/ito/admin/student-support-summary

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