What are the benefits of becoming a UMHAN member?
Peer Support and Consultation: Your role as a Mental Health Adviser is likely to be extremely challenging and possibly frustrating at times. UMHAN members include some of the most experienced university Mental Health Advisers in the country and are familiar with the demands that may affect you on a both a professional and personal basis. Other members can provide peer consultation on issues relating to supporting students with mental health difficulties. New members are offered induction and support from our friendly and approachable welcoming team. As a member, you become part of a supportive community, which gives you the opportunity to share your experiences, knowledge and advice through exclusive Jiscmail discussion forums, and connect with other professionals throughout the UK and keep on top of what’s going on.
Meetings and Professional Development: UMHAN meetings are held three times a year, at different venues throughout the UK, which allow members the opportunity to network with other mental health advisers, discussing current topics, sharing best practice and contributing to the continual professional development of its members. External guest speakers are regularly invited to the meetings; and are a crucial part of providing free training and development opportunities to members. Jiscmail discussion forum also allows members to share information on relevant conferences; training, workshops and development opportunities.
Policy Development, Research and Publications: UMHAN is at the forefront of developing policy and practice around mental health across the sector and members regularly contribute to new research, papers and publications. As an organisation, UMHAN is regularly asked to articulate its views on issues relevant to student mental health. Members therefore have both the opportunity to contribute to these developments and access to a wealth of professional experience, expertise and guidance from across the sector. This work is designed to be used as a resource by Mental Health Advisers and their institutions. Research and publications are available in the member’s only area of the UMHAN website.
Benefits of membership for Higher Education institutions: Membership of UMHAN will provide your institution with a very cost-effective means of contributing towards continued professional development of staff in demanding roles. Options of both individual and institutional membership packages are available to new and existing members. Further information is available on membership fees and how to apply. Mental Health Advisers often feel isolated from professional support, whilst trying to undertake extremely challenging roles. UMHAN goes some way to addressing the duty of care which an institution has towards an individual performing such a role. Interpreting and implementing the requirements of the Equality Act can be challenging for institutions. Members will have access to information about best practice from across the sector which will be relevant to supporting institutions in meeting these duties. UMHAN is a national organisation, at the forefront of providing support to students with mental health difficulties; professional membership to UMHAN demonstrates institutional commitment to supporting students with mental health difficulties and promoting wellbeing across its university.
Members will receive: