This compilation of mental health promotion initiatives was prepared by the Universities UK/GuildHE Committee for the Promotion of Mental Well-being in Higher Education. It aims to be a guide for senior managers in Higher Education in developing policies, procedures and activities promoting mental health.
In October 2013, UMHAN produced guidance for Disabled Students Allowances needs assessors to underpin Assessment Centres' existing methodologies in relation to assessing the needs of students with mental health difficulties. This resource aims to highlight the dynamic, individual, context-specific nature of mental health difficulties, identify key principles when undertaking assessments, and assist in decision-making about different forms of support.
In 2010, UMHAN prepared a guidance document for the sector, detailing the practical foundations for developing institutional support for students with mental health difficulties. The guidance - targeted at existing services and those wishing to develop such a service - can be downloaded as a PDF document. A 2017 update to this document, detailing supervision recommendations, may be downloaded.
In 2009, the government consulted widely about the mental health care and treatment available to people in the UK. UMHAN responded to ensure that the health care needs of people with mental health difficulties while studying were included. The response formed the basis of a later consultation with the Care Quality Commission (above), given the similarities of the issues.
In 2007, UMHAN developed a policy position based on the collective knowledge and experience of members of the network, with regards to the use of examinations as an assessment method and students with mental health difficulties. The policy paper, which also incorporates practical recommendations, can be downloaded as a PDF.
In 2003, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister consulted regarding the general problems and experiences encountered by people with mental health difficulties, with specific attention given to employment, social participation and service delivery. UMHAN responded to ensure that the experiences of people with mental health difficulties in Higher Education could be represented, that some of the barriers to full participation in society which we were aware of could be considered.