Twigs and the word 'mental health' in typed text.

Social Exclusion Unit consultation on Mental Health (2003)

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 and that some of the barriers to full participation in society which we were aware of, could be considered. 

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Social Exclusion consultation response

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New Horizons/CQC Mental Health Strategy (2009)

UMHAN provided evidence for the Government's New Horizons report; our response later informed the CQC's strategy review. 

In 2009, the government consulted widely about 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 consultation with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) later that year, given the similarities of the issues.

The CQC sought views on developing a strategy for its work on mental health for the next three to five years. Specifically, they asked:

  • What are the priority areas for improvement in mental health?
  • How can CQC best make an impact in relation to these areas?
  • What should they do? 
  • When should CQC tackle these issues? 
  • What would success look like? 
  • How should CQC involve people who use services and their families and carers in developing, implementing and monitoring the strategy?

New Horizons   

Points to consider from a Higher Education perspective

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British Youth Council: Youth Select Committee (2015)

In June 2015, then UMHAN Chair Dan Doran gave evidence to the Youth Select Committee on young people's mental health. 

Young People's Mental Health

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Arriving at Thriving (2019)

UMHAN provided a written submission to the Higher Education Committee's inquiry into Disabled Students' Allowances. 

The Arriving at Thriving report by Policy Connect and the Higher Education Commission was published in 2019, with 12 recommendations.

The aim of the inquiry was to shed light on the experiences of disabled students in Higher Education, and to find constructive solutions to the challenges and barriers they face. The inquiry examined the key themes of student experience, looking at the student journey as a whole and exploring the factors that influence it. 

Arriving at Thriving

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Mental health of higher education students (2021)

UMHAN members were part of a Royal College of Psychiatrists Working Group to write this College Report. 

This report was an update of Mental health of students in higher education (RCPsych, 2011), which provided guidance and recommendations for psychiatrists, the NHS, and HEIs regarding the provision of mental health support for students. 

This report takes into account the increase in student numbers, and changes in student characteristics and vulnerabilities, since 2011, and acknowledges the role of financial pressures on students.  It also provides updates on the epidemiology, prevalence, and impact of mental disorder in students and age-matched populations, and the issue of student suicide. It outlines the importance of good transition of care and continuity of care between services, and the challenge of effective communication in the context of medical confidentiality. 

Mental health of higher education students

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Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition (2021)

The call for evidence was around the progress made on the Children and Young Peoples' Mental Health Coalition's (CYPMHC) three strategic priorities and to find out what members thought needs to be done to better support children and young people's mental health and wellbeing. 

The CYPMHC's 3 strategic priorities are:

  • Prevention and promotion of good mental health
  • Early Intervention
  • Workforce development.

We also commented on:

Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper

The Wellbeing for Education Return programme

The NHS Long Term Plan

Dan Doran, Trustee & Sam Gamblin, Charity Manager. 

Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition

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