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Student Mental Health and Wellbeing: Challenges, Best Practice and Impact

The University of Sunderland is hosting a symposium to explore positive approaches to student mental health and wellbeing. This is an opportunity to engage with current local and national developments, share best practice, generate new thinking and initiatives.

Who should attend?
The conference is for University of Sunderland staff and students; academic and support staff from regional HEIs.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 12.00 – 17.00
Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s | Sir Tom Cowie Lecture Theatre

Download our Mental Health Conference Programme

12:00 - 13:00
Registration & Lunch, Prospect Café, St Peter’s Campus
13:00 - 13:10
Welcome from Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, University of Sunderland
13:10 - 13:35
Key Note 1:
Current Content & Challenges
Claire Dickens
Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator, Unviersity of Wolverhampton
13:40 - 14:00
Student Perspectives & Experience
Helder Costa
SU President Wellbeing & Guest Students
14:05 - 14:20
Supporting Staff to Support Students
Barbara Lawton, Mental Health Trainer, Charlier Waller Memorial Trust
Emma Wilkins, Interim Deputy Director of HR, University of Sunderland
14:25 - 14:40
University of Sunderland Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey
Dr Carole Carter
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Science and Wellbeing, University of Sunderland
14:45 - 15:05
Research on the Impact of Working and Caring Commitments on the Students Wellbeing and Academic Performance
Helder Costa
SU President Wellbeing
Nicola Edwards
SU Representation Officer
15:05 - 15:30
Refreshments & Networking, Prospect Café, St Peter’s Campus
15:35 - 15:50
Student MH & WB at the University of Sunderland: Challenges, Responses, & Aspirations
Oliver Pritchard
Deputy Director Student Journey, University of Sunderland
15:55 - 16:20
Key Note 2:
Partnerships & Pathways - best practice and opportunity??
Gail Kay
Nursing & COO, NTW NHS Tust
16:25 - 16:45
Panel & Plenary Q&A
Closing remarks from Steve Knight, Chief Operating Officer, University of Sunderland



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