VICE CHANCELLOR PLEDGE.
We're currently campaigning for University Mental Health Day and we're asking all our members to join us. UMHAN has written a letter to be sent to Vice Chancellors across the country, we're asking them to adopt the StepChange framework because we expect student well-being to be their top priority.
If you want your voice to be heard send your letter! Copy and paste the text below or download the file at the top of the page.
Be the change you want to see, be UMHAN.
I write to you as a member of your university community and a member of the University Mental Health Advisers Network (UMHAN), the national professional network for university Mental Health Advisers and Specialist Mentors. We work together with Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, to lead the annual campaign, University Mental Health Day.
University Mental Health Day encourages students and staff to come together to promote awareness and support for students across the country to manage their wellbeing. Our campaign, founded in 2012, has seen great success: University Mental Health Day 2017 saw an estimated 7800 people attend events run at 81 universities, with a social media reach of over 17 million. University Mental Health Day 2018 will take place on the 1st of March.
You are likely familiar with Universities UK’s Stepchange Framework and the IPPR Report, ‘Not By Degrees’, which discusses rising levels of student mental ill-health. The Stepchange Framework encourages university leaders to adopt student wellbeing as a strategic priority, taking a top-down, whole-university approach to mental health.
Tying in with the Stepchange Framework, the theme for University Mental Health Day 2018 will be Community. This theme promotes the idea that every member of the university community has a part to play in promoting good mental health. The campaign aims to empower all members of the university community to be active in supporting student mental health.
This year, we hope to involve every member of the university community in the campaign - beginning with you. University Mental Health Day 2018 is an opportunity for university leaders to demonstrate their commitment to a whole-university approach to mental health.
I write to ask if you, as a university leader, might use University Mental Health Day as an opportunity to highlight our institutional achievements in prioritising student wellbeing. We hope that you might consider using the day as an opportunity to celebrate successes and look ahead to the future of mental health support, by making a short public statement, posting on social media, or attending events we are organising. If you would like to find out more about our events, you can contact: NAME
On March 1st 2018, we hope you will join us in celebrating our achievements and publicly affirming your continued commitment to student mental health. We are extremely proud of our successes with University Mental Health Day, and hope that you will accept our invitation to play a part in the 2018 campaign.
University role and UMHAN Member"