To become a member of UMHAN as a Mental Health Practitioner, you must meet the criteria below and agree to follow our Capability and Conduct Framework. Please also read our page on language and terminology so that you are clear about what we mean by "mental health conditions". If your role is focused more on general student wellbeing, please apply for our Associate Membership (to be launched Spring 2020).

Criteria and Requirements


  • Assess and respond to the support needs of university students with mental health conditions to facilitate the management of their mental health and academic studies
  • Provide practical individual and/or group support to students with mental health conditions to help them to manage their mental health and academic studies
  • Refer and signpost to university-based and external support services and liaise with specialist services where required
  • Assess risk and be involved in coordinated responses to crisis situations involving students
  • Promote equality, inclusion and the rights of those with mental health conditions studying in Higher Education


  • Deliver staff training and/or consultation on issues relating to support for students with mental health difficulties
  • Promote student mental health through campaigns and initiatives
  • Research and implement strategies and systems, including reasonable adjustments, to facilitate the inclusion of students with mental health difficulties into the University
  • Planning and implementation of risk management processes

All practitioners will be joined as an Accredited Practitioner, meaning that you will need to comply with our Supervision and CPD guidelines and be subject to audit. Only practitioner members who can demonstrate they are are audited to a compatible standard by another professional body will be exempt. 

If you would like to apply to join UMHAN please download the application form at the bottom of the page.

If you are a Specialist Mentor please see our adjoining webpage.

University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN). c/o The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP Tel: 07510 734544 Registered charity number: 1155038. We use cookies to improve your experience using this website.
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