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Engaging & Supporting University Students


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Engaging & Supporting University Students

  1. 1. Engaging & Supporting University Students Chris Ward Mental Health Advisor University of Surrey
  2. 2. Why concentrate on Universities? <ul><li>(Demographic of people experiencing 1 st psychotic episode) </li></ul><ul><li>Possible link between severe mental illness and downward mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Earlier intervention = better outcome </li></ul>
  3. 3. Benefits of MH provision based in a University <ul><li>For Sufferers: </li></ul><ul><li>Earliest possible identification & signposting to statutory services </li></ul><ul><li>Support network on campus </li></ul><ul><li>For the University: </li></ul><ul><li>Minimise disruption </li></ul><ul><li>Maximise retention </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance reputation </li></ul><ul><li>For Local Services: </li></ul><ul><li>Single point of contact at University </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to share monitoring activities </li></ul>
  4. 4. University of Surrey <ul><li>In addition to NHS GP Practice: </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>Additional Learning Support </li></ul><ul><li>Student Health Care (Base for Mental Health Advisor) </li></ul>
  5. 5. University Referral Route <ul><li>Risk to self / others = Security / GP / A&E </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Distress / Crisis = Centre for Wellbeing </li></ul><ul><li>Indication of Mental Health Issue = Student Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Concerns raised by tutors, wardens, security, parents, students. </li></ul>
  6. 6. External Referrals <ul><li>(With students permission): </li></ul><ul><li>Inpatient areas </li></ul><ul><li>A&E </li></ul><ul><li>CMHT </li></ul><ul><li>HTT </li></ul><ul><li>EIIP </li></ul><ul><li>GP </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is offered? <ul><li>Mental Health Education & Advice </li></ul><ul><li>Support </li></ul><ul><li>Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Co-ordination within University </li></ul>
  8. 8. Other Activities <ul><li>Assessment & Signposting </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health Promotion (e.g. “Time to Change” activities) </li></ul><ul><li>Health Fairs </li></ul><ul><li>Fit 4 Life (Outreach) </li></ul><ul><li>“Relaxation Zone” (exam stress workshops) </li></ul><ul><li>Answering general questions / Dispelling myths </li></ul>
  9. 9. Numbers / Trends <ul><li>Academic year 2010/11: </li></ul><ul><li>Entire student population = ~15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Of students that came to attention of SHC: </li></ul><ul><li>118 students with mental health difficulty, including: </li></ul><ul><li>8 bipolar </li></ul><ul><li>2 schizophrenic </li></ul><ul><li>11 psychotic episode (no formal diagnosis) </li></ul><ul><li>(Comparison: 2009/10 – total of 6 students with psychosis of any type) </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Future <ul><li>More referrals! </li></ul><ul><li>Educating academic & front line staff </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness campaign: Collaboration with First Steps & Students Union </li></ul><ul><li>Using social networking to promote health: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>facebook (Student Health Care) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions?