All of Us

Raising Mental Health Awareness in Higher Education
Latest News & Events

Campaign Update November 2019

We are pleased to say that we have now completed our planned programme of Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education training days.

Between May 2019 and October 2019, Louise Ansell of Sky Bounders Ltd, facilitated 8 Higher Education Mental Health Champion courses for Amano Student Support colleagues and associates.

Although the end of this round of MHFA HE training, it is not the end of our focus on student mental health which we will continue in to next year.

With the University Mental Health Charter due to be published on December 9th 2019, it has never been more timely to show our support for making student mental health a priority across the sector.

This November we will donate a further £500 to Student Minds who are leading the development of this charter and we plan further CPD for our consultants around the topic of mental health in 2020 helping to further embed mental health awareness and support into the Amano company culture.

#stepchange

As part of Universities UK wider programme of work to improve the mental health of students and staff in higher education, the Stepchange Framework was introduced in September 2017. The Stepchange in mental health in higher education includes a vision that:

This year,  in support of the Stepchange Framework, we launch our ‘All of Us’ initiative – a programme for providing mental health training for all our staff and Learning Support Consultants.

We aim to:

  • Play our part in supporting University UK’s Stepchange Framework by adopting mental health as an organisational priority.
  • Increase the awareness that it is the responsibility of all of us to be mental health aware, so that we are better able to support those around us experiencing mental health problems.
  • Provide Mental Health First Aid training for all of us, helping not only our consultants to better support students, but also enabling us to support colleagues, friends and family.

Student Mental Health

Higher education settings are often the first and only time in young adults’ lives in which work, leisure, healthcare and social support are provided in the same place.

This provides the perfect setting for universities and health services to embed positive mental health, strengthen protective factors, work to reduce risk factors, and take opportunities to intervene early in mental illness or distress.

(Minding Our Future, UUK)

Student Suicide

In recent years, there has been a steady increase in the number of student suicides with several universities in the UK  experiencing a number of student suicides within a short period of time.

The ability to identify students who are at risk of suicide or self-harm or display suicidal behaviours is both important and challenging.

Of those who take their own life in the UK, only 28% have been in contact with mental health services during the year before their death.

Among students, only 12% who died by suicide were reported to be seeing student counselling services and many students who need help do not necessarily seek it themselves. (UUK)

Early intervention is a necessary step to improve national mental health: students with severe mental health difficulties are at ‘considerable risk’ of academic failure and dropping out [RCPsych, 2011].

 

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) for Students with Mental Health Conditions

Disabled Student’s Allowance funds support for students with mental health conditions and makes a significant and positive difference to many student’s experience of higher education.

Through a provider such as Amano, Specialist 1:1 Mental Health Mentors funded by DSA provide the student with someone they can meet with on a regular basis to address issues around their particular mental health condition and ways to overcome its effect on their ability to meet the challenges of studying and university life.

But….only 2 in 5 disabled students have heard about DSA before starting their course. (DfE 2019)

<< This year we produced a pocket guide to raise awareness of the types of DSA funded support available. If you would like a copy of this guide please contact us:  dsa@amanotech.com.

Mental Health First Aid Training for ‘All of Us’

This year we aim to train all our Learning Support Consultants in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).

We will deliver MHFA in Higher Education Training for all our consultants across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset.

MHFA’s Higher Education mental health awareness and skills course was created in consultation with leading student mental health charity Student Minds.

 

This one day course will qualify you as a Higher Education MHFA Champion. It is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health.
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health.
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix.
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

Click here for full details about what you will learn on the course.

We will be offering this training to Amano consultants as well as reserving several spaces for staff at universities and colleges we work closely with.

Look out for your email invitation!

I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the content fascinating. I will take a lot away from today both in my professional and personal life. Thank you Louise.

– Amano Consultant

Amano Learning Support Consultant

 

This one day course will qualify you as a Higher Education MHFA Champion. It is designed to give you:

  • A deeper understanding of the issues that relate to student and staff mental health
  • Skills to spot early signs of mental ill health
  • Confidence to signpost someone to support – whether that’s through self-help resources, university counselling services, the NHS, or a mix
  • Knowledge and confidence to advocate for mental health awareness

Click here for full details about what you will learn on the course.

We will be offering this training to Amano staff  and also reserving several spaces for staff at universities and colleges we work closely with. Look out for you email invitation!

Support Student Minds as our Charity of the Year

We have chosen to support Student Minds as our charity of the year in 2019 and will be supporting University Mental Health Day on 7 March 2019.

The theme of UMHD19 is ‘Use Your Voice’:

“We all have mental health, we all have a voice, we all have stories to share. You best understand what it is like to live, work and study at university. This University Mental Health Day we want to celebrate the power of your voice in creating long-lasting change.

Your voice can shape the future of student mental health. Join us as we inspire conversations, take action and create change!”

Amano Student Stories

We would like to create a series of short videos featuring our students and consultants about their experiences of mental health support. If you would be interested in contributing to this piece of work, please contact us for further details.

Past, Present and Future Events

Throughout the year we will be fundraising,
offering relevant training/ CPD and taking part in
various other mental health awareness activities.

We Did It!

We have now completed our planned programme of Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education training days!

At the end of each course, attendees were asked to complete an anonymous, paper based evaluation form, designed and published by MHFA England.

Feedback tells us that ‘personal confidence of how best to support others with a mental health issue before and after the course’ increased greatly and that attendees felt that they were now better equipped with the knowledge and understanding needed to effectively support a person with a mental health problem.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and found the content fascinating. I will take a lot away from today both in my professional and personal life. Thank you Louise” – Amano Consultant

Amano Learning Support Consultant

New ANMHP website!

New ANMHP website!

We are delighted to have been able to work with the Association of NMH Providers and Clear Links support to refresh the ANMHP website and provide a new 'search for a provider' function. The Association gives members a voice across the disabled student support sector...

Combating disability stigma in education and the workplace

Combating disability stigma in education and the workplace

The potential gap in identifying apprentice learners with disabilities and learning difficulties According to a recent government survey, 19% of working age adults declare themselves to have a disability or learning difficulty. While only 10.3% of apprentice learners...

2019/2020 DSA -QAG Accreditation

2019/2020 DSA -QAG Accreditation

We are delighted to let you all know that we passed our annual audit in 2019 with flying colours!In order to achieve this accreditation we have demonstrated that we meet quality criteria as specified by DSA-QAG. A big thank you to all involved.

World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2019

World Suicide Prevention Day, 10th September 2019

A note from Chukumeka Maxwell of Orchid Community & Associates: September, as the start of a new academic year can feel like a time of new beginnings.  It is also the month of  World Suicide Prevention Day.  Suicide is a global issue that...

First MHFA training day a success!

First MHFA training day a success!

On 16th May, the first of our 7 Mental Health First Aid in Higher Education training days took place in Truro. 12 of our learning support consultants across all NMH roles attended the session run by Louise Ansell of Sky Bounders. We received excellent feedback from...

NMH Association feedback to DfE

NMH Association feedback to DfE

In January 2019, Chris Skidmore, Universities Minister, released a statement following the conclusion of DfE research, praising the support that the DSA provides to disabled students, stating that more than half of students who receive the DSA said they would not have...

Time to Talk Day 7 Feb

This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health.

Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

This Time to Talk day we began putting together our Action Plan for the Time to Change Employer Pledge >>>

Signing the Employer Pledge from Time to Change

Our focus on mental health also extends to our own workplace and learning support colleagues.

We have always been proud of our inclusive and supportive workplace culture and by signing the pledge we will demonstrate ‘a commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing these problems feel supported.’

Mental Health Awareness Week 13-19 May 2019

This year’s mental health awareness week hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we see ourselves and how that makes us feel.

Ahead of the week in May, take a look at this blog article from Cardiff University about 4 of the best positive body image apps. 

 

 

World Suicide Prevention Day - 10 September 2019

This years World Suicide Prevention Day – is on 10th September.
It is an opportunity for all sectors of the community including those bereaved by suicide,  to join with the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to focus public attention on the needs of people at risk of suicide, suicide attempt survivors and people bereaved by suicide.

World Mental Health Day - 10 October

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Heatlh Day on 10th October every year. 

The day provides an opportunity “for all stakeholders working on mental health issues to talk about their work, and what more needs to be done to make mental health care a reality for people worldwide”. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is young people and mental health in a changing world.

National Stress Awareness Day - 6 November

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – being under pressure is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on managing stress.