The Student Mental Health Charter for Universities and Higher Education Institutions
We want to use the power of the Higher Education sector to make our activities welcoming, positive and inclusive for everyone. That’s why the Directors at Grae Matta created the Mental Health Charter for Universities & Higher Education Institutions (HEI).
The Student Mental Health Charter sets out how universities and HEI’s can use its collective power to tackle mental ill health and the stigma that surrounds it.
Signatories, ambassadors and supporters came together to look back on the successes of the last two years and look forward to what more can be done in the future.
Alongside a number of universities and private businesses who have already signed-up, we are asking for other organisations to promote mental wellbeing, to commit to take positive steps to address and encourage people to be open about mental health issues.
The Charter outlines six actions that we, as a sector, can take to help make mental health a commonly understood matter and to help those in need.
- Using education to promote wellbeing, with a special focus on encouraging physical activity and social interaction for their contribution to good mental health.
- Publicly promote and adopt good mental health policies and best practice within our universities and HEI’s
- Promote positive public health messages using diverse role models and ambassadors to reduce the stigma attached to mental health problems.
- Actively tackle discrimination on the grounds of mental health to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect.
- Support the establishment of a pan-education platform to work closely with the mental health sector to develop and share networks, resources and best practice.
- Regularly monitor our performance, assess progress and take positive action on mental health issues.
Every year, one-in-four of us will experience a mental health problem. Yet it is still something the majority of us are loath to talk about or address. This is something that has to change.