Launch of online mental health training

Published: 27 May 2020

New resource will help staff identify and respond to student mental health problems

The University has launched an e-learning training programme to help staff “Identify and Respond to Student Mental Health Problems”.

The resource has been developed in partnership with the Marshall E-Learning Consultancy.

Although the resource uses examples from an academic school setting, the learning points apply to any staff supporting students formally or informally.

Dr David Duncan, the University’s Mental Health Champion, said: “This short course represents a further means of raising awareness about mental ill health as it affects students.  It will not answer every question or deal with every situation we may encounter; rather, it is intended as an introduction to the topic for non-professionals, indicating the main things to look out for and the ways that staff are encouraged to respond.  Most importantly, we want all members of staff to know where they can source help if they need it, and to ensure that support is readily available.”

He added: “We know that the current Covid-19 pandemic will have an impact on the mental health of many people in the University community so this new resource could not be more timely. It also complements the University’s Mental Health Action Plan and the suite of resources already developed in conjunction with the Students’ Representative Council.”

More information about the University’s Mental Health Action Plan can be found at this link:  




First published: 27 May 2020