Influence policy development in the fields of Education, Mental Health, Disability, and beyond, to proportionately and accurately represent the needs and interests of people with mental health difficulties.
- To advocate for people with mental health difficulties through active participation in media communications, consultations, and discussions across the Education, Mental Health, and Disability sectors.
- To respond to opportunities to liaise with relevant organisations and contribute to initiatives, working groups, conferences, and training.
- To ensure discourse reaches beyond the Education, Mental Health, and Disability sectors, working with the Government on identified areas of concern.
Tools and Support
Ensure HE and FE mental health support staff are equipped with the tools, support, and empowerment to best support students, and ensure national representation to influence the sector for good.
- To facilitate online and in person opportunities for the sharing of best practice, collaboration, and peer education.
- To ensure that members of UMHAN are kept up to date with key information about current policy and disability rights and equipped to apply this knowledge in their work.
- To develop and grow our membership to provide an active forum of support across the UK.
Remove the barriers to the full participation of people with mental health difficulties in higher education and beyond, encouraging the development of a culture in which people with mental health difficulties studying in higher education is a mainstream notion.
- To raise awareness of mental health inequality and reduce stigma surrounding mental health difficulties via local and national initiatives, training programmes, and campaigns.
- To improve inclusivity in Higher Education, and promote excellence in the quality of support services provided, for students with mental health difficulties.
- To encourage and support UMHAN members to be actively involved in disseminating key messages about mental health difficulties in HE and society generally.