Earlier this year, we announced that we were working with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, to support the development of an assessment tool which will recognise universities that promote good mental health and demonstrate good practice.
Following this, we are delighted to let you know that since Student Minds received our grant in early March, the University Mental Health Charter’s student panel has been working on a brief to create the assessment tool.
One of the students is Michael; a PhD student who is researching student mental health and has personal experience of mental health difficulties at university. Michael has been working hard to bring their vision to life:
“The student-led assessment tool is an important resource to support students to contribute to creating mentally healthier universities. Students are often experts by experience on university life but can feel excluded from policy decisions. This student-friendly tool can guide constructive conversations with university staff on how their university can meet the University Mental Health Charter’s principles of good practice and support better mental health for all.”
A group of student campaigners will be piloting the tool in June. Following this, there will be a period of refinement based on the feedback received.
This vital project could not have gone ahead without the support and generosity of our community. If you would like to help support students and members of university communities, please consider making a donation.