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Event information

SMaRteN in collaboration with their Student Research Team will be showcasing the leading research in student mental health in their annual conference to encourage debate and conversation about the important topics that matter to students. This event is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for students, practitioners and academics from across the sector to share their ideas, views and experience.

The conference is structured around six panels that will focus on the following themes: Trends and risk factors, Inclusion and exclusion, Mental Health Literacy, Future priorities for student mental health research, Interventions and Academic Culture.

The SMaRteN Virtual Conference will take place on 16-17 Dec 2020. Six separate online events over two days will cover:

  1. Mental Health Literacy Across The Institution
  2. Inclusion & Exclusion
  3. Trends & Risk Factors
  4. What Interventions Work
  5. How Does Academic Culture, Structure & Assessment Impact On Student Mental Health?
  6. The Future Priorities of Student Mental Health Research

This panel aims to provide an insight to the degree of Mental Health Literacy (MHL) across institutions and discuss the impact this is having on disclosure and help-seeking for mental health concerns. They aim to present the complexities of understanding and assessing MHL and use current research to suggest ways of improving it across higher education. Good MHL is key to recognising, managing and preventing mental illness. Sharing knowledge can empower students to improve their own MHL and feel confident in supporting themselves and their peers should they be suffering with a mental health concern.

For more information on this conference and how to register visit the website