Recently, our Improving Student Mental Health through Partnerships Project team have used student surveys, workshops and focus groups to shape our mental health provision.
Below you’ll find some key updates from this work. You can also read more via the You Said We Did document.
You said: We would like to be kept in the loop more about mental health developments.
We did: We have developed project webpages and a newsletter to talk directly to you about what is happening in the project and let you know about opportunities to get involved.
You said: Knowing who you would be seeing before your first session with a service would ease any concerns or nervousness.
We did: We have added a Meet the clinical team page, with introductions to each member of our team working within the U-COPE and U-CAN services.
You said: Students are feeling lonelier and more isolated.
We did: In addition to a wide variety of support measures put in place in response to the pandemic across the University, the Wellbeing Team held focus groups on how to deal with loneliness amongst the student body. They also created a newsletter and workshop to continue addressing the issue.
You said: Descriptions of, and signposting to, University wellbeing services could be improved.
We did: Central Student Services are accessed via clear entry points and a consistent message on how to do this is repeated throughout communications. Student Services webpages are being redesigned to further improve information about the services available.
You said: Students prefer to understand what will be covered within a course of therapeutic sessions before attending.
We did: When designing the U-CAN service, a six-week psycho-social skills group, the content of all six sessions was summarised and added to service information sheets and the U-CAN webpage.
What is the Improving Student Mental Health through Partnerships Project?
The Project improves student pathways into NHS mental health services and develops new services to support student mental health. You can find out more on the Project webpage.