What is UMHAN?
The University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN) is a national UK charity. We are a network of mental health specialists working in Higher/Further Education. Our members are dedicated to, and have a practical role in, providing support to students experiencing long term mental health difficulties.
UMHAN aims to articulate the practical and strategic benefits of the Mental Health Adviser and Specialist Mentor roles, and seeks to disseminate this information and guidance for best practice across the sector.
UMHAN aims to promote the health and citizenship of people who experience mental health difficulties in Higher Education and advocate to relevant bodies to promote the rights and interests of students with mental health difficulties. Our campaigns and events help us to achieve these aims!
Find out more about our aims.
Why join UMHAN?
As a member, you can make the most of UMHAN’s supportive membership network and share valuable experiences and good practice with other Mental Health Advisers and Specialist Mentors based at institutions across the UK.
UMHAN members can keep up-to-date on policy developments, changes in legislation, projects and events through our active discussion forum and by attending regular members' meetings. These meetings are a great opportunity to meet other mental health advisers working across the UK or in your local area; access face to face peer support, and enhance your professional development. External speakers are regularly invited to provide free training opportunities on a range of current and relevant topics.
Finally, UMHAN membership is a route to DSA-QAG accreditation for specialist mental health mentors.
Criteria and Application
Whether you are applying as the sole Mental Health Adviser at your institution or joining an expanding team, all applicants must complete their own application and meet the membership criteria.
We ask for certain capabilities from our members. Read our Capability Framework.
Please note: UMHAN is not a general interest group about student mental health; nor a replacement for existing organisations who support Disability Practitioners (such as National Association of Disability Practitioners) or Counsellors (such as the Association of University and College Counselling or Heads of University Counselling Services). Membership is only likely to be of benefit to people who come into contact with students with mental health difficulties as a substantive part of their role. Our members usually have a professional background as demonstrated by either substantive experience in the field or by relevant qualifications such as Psychiatric Nursing, Social Work or Occupational Therapy.