Mental health – supporting colleagues and students

Now that the disruption of the last few weeks is beginning to settle down, we are faced with a long period of isolation. During this time, it is incredibly important to focus on mental health – our own, and that of our colleagues and our students.

On the PGCert, each of the four student teams recently completed a team teach, and Team Red’s focused on the pastoral aspects of working in Higher Education. The team put together a useful list of links and resources for supporting mental health, and they have kindly agreed to share them with the wider community. Please makes use of these, and share them with your colleagues and students as needed.

Useful links

UCA Health and Wellbeing services

UCA Inclusivity Guide – Mental Health

CALM: Prevention of male suicide 0800 58 58 58 open 5pm-midnight 365 days a year

Nightline: 0207 631 0101 open term time 6pm-8am

Papyrus: Prevention of young suicide also see
Hopeline 0800 068 41 41

SamaritansFree phone 116 123

Students Against Depression

Students Minds

UCA Student Union: Mental health advice page

Young Minds

UCA Health and Wellbeing policy

Suicide – advice on how to respond to someone talking about it:


Further reading

Hughes, G. et al (2018). Student mental health: The role and experiences of academics. Oxford: Student Minds, pp 14-24.

Anderson, J. and Houghton, A (2017). Embedding Mental Wellbeing in The Curriculum: Maximising Success In Higher Education. [online] York: Higher Education Academy, pp.9-12. Available at:  [Accessed 11 March 2020].

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