Improving Student Health – 7th November

Improving student health: mental and physical wellbeing in university

Monday, 7th November 2016

Central London

This event is CPD certified     


This seminar will explore issues around the rising numbers of students suffering from mental health issues in higher education institutions, and wider aspects of student well-being including sexual health, nutrition, substance abuse and active lifestyles.

It comes amid concerns in the sector regarding the rising number of students suffering from mental health issues and – in a report commissioned by HEFCE – a mismatch in the services available for them.

Areas for discussion include the current state of student health in the UK and the key challenges facing university health services for improving the quality of and access to mental health services for students – as well as steps universities can take to better identify and react to students in need of support. Delegates will also consider latest thinking on how to address the causes in the rise in student mental health problems.

Further sessions look more widely at ways forward for improving students’ all-round health and well-being in the areas of nutrition and diet, sexual health, and encouraging active lifestyles, as well as tackling alcohol and drug abuse.

Gregor Henderson, National Lead for Wellbeing and Mental Health, Public Health England has agreed to be Guest of Honour at the conference.

Dr Carmen Aceijas, Senior Lecturer in Applied Public Health and Course Leader, MSc Applied Public Health, Middlesex University; Dr Farzad Amirabdollahian, Principal Lecturer and Subject Leader for Nutrition, Liverpool Hope University;Dr Alicia Peña Bizama, Head of Student Wellbeing, University of Reading; Simon Blake, Chief Executive, NUS; Dr Jeremy Christey, Counsellor and Psychotherapist, Counselling Services, University of Sussex and Chair, Universities & Colleges, British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy; Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Founder and Chief Executive Officer, stem4; Michael O’Toole, Chief Executive, Mentor UK; Bernard Reed, Trustee, Gender Identity Research and Education Society; Ben Stein, Director, Student Success, Hobsons; Rosie Tressler, Chief Executive Officer, Student Minds and Jane Shewring, Strategic Lead for Sport – Deputy Director, Herts Sports Partnership have also agreed to speak.

Kevan Jones MP and Viscount Younger of Leckie, former Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Department for Business, Innovation and Skills have kindly agreed to chair this conference.