UCEA sits on the advisory group of Mind’s pilot programme, Mentally Healthy Universities, a two-year pilot programme launched in September 2019 in partnership with Goldman Sachs Gives. Mind are working with nine local Mind and HEI partnerships to deliver a programme of activity to improve both staff and student wellbeing. Mind only operates across England and Wales, therefore the programme does not extend to Scotland or Northern Ireland. The programme aligns with UUK’s StepChange framework as well as the University Mental Health Charter being developed by Student Minds. As part of the programme students have the opportunity to take part in sessions on wellbeing essentials, managing their mental health at university, and transitioning into the workplace, while staff will be supported to set up a network of Staff Mental Health Champions and Mental Health Peer Supporters. Mind is also working with each HEI an employer to help them meet the Mental Health at Work Commitment.
So far, Mind has recruited and trained over 260 Staff Mental Health Champions and over 1,500 undergraduates have attended workshops to date. The findings from the interim evaluation report were positive with students saying they had a better understanding of mental health, that they were more confident in looking after their mental health, and that they were more aware of mental health in the workplace. University staff rated Mind courses highly and 9/10 would recommend them to a colleague. For further information on progress of Mind's pilot programme please see slides below: