Supporting Positive Mental Health during COVID-19: A Good Practice Sharing Event for Universities

4 February 2021, 10:30-12:00, via MS Teams

Overview and objectives

This event brought together universities and higher education institutions from across Yorkshire and the Humber with the aim to share good practice on promoting positive mental health during COVID-19. It illustrated the impact that the pandemic has had on the wellbeing of students and outlined some of the key national resources and support available from Public Health England and other agencies. You could hear a range of professional perspectives and highlighted examples of how positive student health and wellbeing is being promoted currently within Yorkshire and the Humber. The webinar included contributions from Yorkshire Universities, Public Health England, NHS England Clinical Networks, the University of West of England and a number of universities from across the region.

Chair:  Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford, and Chair of Yorkshire Universities


Welcome and introduction
Professor Shirley Congdon, Vice Chancellor of the University of Bradford and Chair of Yorkshire Universities
Overview of the current data and national resources
Laura Hodgson, Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager, Public Mental Health Programme, Public Health England Yorkshire & the Humber
Early intervention and prevention for psychosis in students
Dr Steve Wright, Clinical Advisor Y&H EIP Clinical Network
Mental health and wellbeing approach across the University of West of England
Liz Kearton, Deputy Head of Wellbeing, University of West England
Good practice examples from universities across Yorkshire and the Humber:
University of Bradford
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
Leeds Trinity University
University of Leeds
Q&A and discussion
An opportunity for participants to share experiences and raise questions

You can watch a recording of this event here and access the presentations below:

A summary of the questions and answers will follow soon.

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