Why a mental wealth group? Getting Started


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Why a mental wealth group? Getting Started

  1. 1. WEB SUMMIT Connecting Young People With The Resources To Thrive Why A Mental WealthGroup? Getting Started SPONSORS & ASSOCIATES:
  2. 2. CONTENTS:• The Context: Why Mental Health Matters• University Life: Pressures facing students• The First Mental Wealth Group: History• What is a MW Group: The model• What are groups doing? Examples of activities• How do we measure impact?• What’s the first step?• Questions…?
  3. 3. The Context‘By 2020, Depression is projected to be the second leadingcontributor to global burden of disease.’ World HealthOrganisation.So we need services, right?Yes. But that’s not enough…Knowledge is also needed.But that’s not enough…The right attitude is needed….…the bigger picture of wellbeing. Going upstream.
  4. 4. University Life“The growth of mental health problems among students…is a matter ofconsiderable concern.” Students are a ‘special case’. (Royal College ofPsychiatrists, 2011.)“As many as 66% of university students say they have a mental healthproblem despite only 0.3% of students declaring a mental health disability ontheir application form nationwide.” – Time To Change, 2012.Transition: Independence/Dependence? - Finances & Career worries -‘Pressure cooker’ – Isolation - Domestic stuff(!)Increasing demand for services & decreasing resources -> Stretchedresourcing -> Fragmented approaches -> Limited awarenessAttitudes, Awareness, Accessibility.(The role of universities?)
  5. 5. The First GroupThe Mind Matters Society, University of Leeds,2008.‘Bringing mental health out of the shadows and promotingwellbeing.’Close integration with student union and counselling.Wellbeing Fair, Talks, Surveys = Great feedback!
  6. 6. What is a MW Group?A community of students committed to promotingpositive wellbeing on campus, each affiliated to theirstudent union and working as part of a university-wide approach. Groups aspire to provide a valuedservice to their university and to students.Three facets:1. A social hub2. A communications hub3. A leadership hub
  7. 7. What Are Groups Doing? Bridging the divide between the Campaigning for changes in attitude institution and it’s students by and policy on campus, breaking creating dialogue around wellbeing down barriers to wellbeing. and increasing engagement. Mental Wealth Group Hosting meetings and activities that Promoting services and resources for promote wellbeing and offer an students through events, inclusive, empathetic space for signposting, and information students. sessions.Visit http://mentalwealthuk.tumblr.com for more practical examples!
  8. 8. Measuring impact• Attitudes towards mental health (discrimination)• Awareness of services/resources• Number of students involved in activities• Feedback from staff/students• Effect upon individual wellbeing
  9. 9. The first steps• Decide upon what the aim & format is (group/society/service..? campaigning? social?)• Engage stakeholders (counselling service, mental health advisor..)• Get promoting (lecture shoutouts, website ads, posters, emails…)• Reach out! Talk to students. Talk to staff. Talk to MWUK.
  10. 10. Four steps to a MW Group
  11. 11. Further LinksWorld Health Organisationhttp://www.who.int/mental_health/emergencies/expert_opinion_on_service_development_msd_2007.pdfRCP Report on Student Mental Healthhttp://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/files/pdfversion/CR166.pdfResponse To The Reporthttp://bit.ly/HJWXogWellbeing in Higher Educationwww.brighton.ac.uk/clt/index.php/download_file/view/79/179/Healthy Universitieshttp://www.healthyuniversities.ac.uk/Mental Wealth UK resourceshttp://mentalwealthuk.com/resourcesTime To Change articlehttp://bit.ly/HoKlaV
  12. 12. Mental Wealth Foundation © 2012