4 in 5 students have experienced mental health difficulties in the last year, according to the Cibyl Mental Health Survey.

Heidi Cooper-Hind is Head of Academic and Student Services at Arts University Bournemouth, and she is also the university’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Lead. She has worked in HE leadership for over twenty years and has undertaken a range of consultancy work for other universities, including leading institutional reviews of reasonable adjustments for disabled students, training DSA needs assessors, and reviewing critical incidents.

In this video, Heid highlights the importance of assessing risks in mental health cases for both yourself and the student to minimise harm. She uses safety planning as an example to mitigate some of these risks. Concluding the session, Heidi further shares the benefits of multi-agency working both with other higher education institutions and local authorities to build relationships outside of casework to help make improvements in all mental health services.

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4 in 5 students have experienced mental health difficulties in the last year, this is an increase from 3 in 5 in 2021. In this video, Heidi Cooper-Hind discusses the importance of assessing safeguarding risks for everyone involved in mental health cases to build service improvements and provide better support to students experiencing mental health difficulties.

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