Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Well-Being in Higher Education

The Working Group for the Promotion of Mental Well-Being in Higher Education was founded in 2003 in response to growing interest in, and concern about, the mental health of students and staff in the UK Higher Education setting.

The Working Group is constituted as a self-financing working group whose meetings are hosted by Universities UK and GuildHE. Its members are drawn from the HE sector, the NHS and the student body.

The Group’s aims are to:

  • promote collaboration between the different sectors, agencies and professional groups with responsibility for mental well-being in HE

  • be a reference point for government bodies, managers in the NHS and educational institutions and practitioners in respect of mental well-being in HE

  • to influence policy on issues related to mental well-being in HE.

For the Group's Constitution, click here.  

Latest Conference: Student Mental Wellbeing - Partnerships in Practice

9 March 2016 9:30 - 4.30 PM  Woburn House Conference Centre, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9HQ

Mental wellbeing is of great importance to every student's academic outcome and experience of university life.  Indications are that the numbers of students suffering from mental health problems are increasing therefore the sector must consider how best it can meet these challenges in an ever changing political landscape. 

Working in partnership, internally and externally, increasingly seems the way forward for universities seeking to support student's mental wellbeing in a time of increasing need yet with resources that stand still at best.  Students need and deserve support: how can we make this work, and can we look beyond ourselves into a more coordinated and outward looking structure and strategy for student support?

Click here for further infomation and to book.

Latest publication: "Student Mental Wellbeing in Higher Education: Good Practice Guide" (2015) UUK.

Click news to download the Guidance document.

A brief report on the early achievements of the Group is available here. To find out more about the Working Group’s current activities and achievements explore the rest of our site.