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Student Mental Health: Responding to the Crisis

It will come as no surprise that we were left with no choice but to postpone the Student Mental Health: Responding to the Crisis that was due to be held in London on the 5th May 2020. 

We have now consulted with all the speakers and sponsors and we are delighted to inform you that the event has now been scheduled in for the 6th October 2020 at the Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury in London. We will include in the programme mental health issues caused by the covid-19 virus.

Delegates will explore why more students are turning to unconventional incomes like gambling and sex work during their studies, how the university experience can compound cultural and environmental conditions that lead students to access and supply drugs; and discussing how cross-institutional co-operation as well as legislative review of attitudes towards information sharing could prevent students reaching a point of crisis. 

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Student Mental Health: Responding to the Crisis is our third national conference bringing together domestic and European HE institutes, students, academic/policy researchers, health, social care and counselling services to develop pragmatic approaches to:


·         Transitions of otherwise non-criminal student populations into drug use and supply created by financial instability, distance from guardians and the interconnected nature of student life.
·         Preventing student suicides; developing best practices in data sharing between institutions and families – measuring the importance of student safety and public interest against data protection, as well as investing in welfare support services and advanced planning.    
·         Isolation and instability created by increases in students engaging with sex work and gambling as a means of meeting the cost of university life.
·         Cultures of anxiety driven by transitions in curriculum and lifestyle, persecutory perfectionism, unrealistic expectations projected on new media platforms, institutional pressures and uncertainty around post-university employment opportunities.
·         Normalisation of competitive and insecure working cultures in the HE sector – how does this impact the human value of academic labour and the support available to young people struggling with their studies.



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