Student Minds launches new resources to support students with their transition from school/college to university
Today, half of all young people in the UK go to university. Whilst the student experience can be full of new experiences and mark the exciting journey into adulthood, many students struggle with the initial transition from school or college into university. At many universities, drop-out rates of first year students have risen for a third consecutive year (HESA) and UK universities have seen an increase in demand for student mental health support services.
In response to the challenge, we have collaborated with Canadian organisation TeenMentalHealth.Org (led by internationally-renowned psychiatrist Dr. Stan Kutcher) to ensure that this period of transition is met with information, support and guidance which supports students to succeed in their studies. Dr. Stan Kutcher, TeenMentalHealth.Org added;
“We’re thrilled to be partnering with Student Minds who share our goal of improving mental health outcomes for youth by promoting mental health literacy in schools. These resources have been developed and well researched in Canada demonstrating positive outcomes and we look forward to seeing the same results across the UK.”
Today, on 6th June, we launch two resources, the first evidence-based publications of their kind in the UK, freely available to students and educators at schools and universities. Both resources help students to better visualise and prepare for their future, with topics such as; time management, relationships, identity, finances, sexual activity, mental illness, suicide, addictions, and more. ‘Know Before You Go’ provides age-appropriate guidance to young people before they leave school or college, and ‘Transitions’ contains information to support the first few years in Higher Education. Find out how you can use the resources to support your students.
About the importance of the resources, Student Minds Chief Executive, Rosie Tressler commented:
“Student mental health can be most vulnerable at points of transition, but with the right support it doesn’t need to be. Until today there has been a gap in the UK for engaging resources which really speak to sixth form, college and university students about this time of change. Whilst we’re pleased that many universities are working towards strategic approaches to mental health and better connections with the NHS, to truly tackle these issues all of our schools, colleges and universities need to bridge the transition points. We’re calling on all education institutions to share these free, online resources with their students. There’s no reason that every school and university in the UK can’t share them with their students to give them the best start to university life."
We’re delighted to have collaborated with Teen Mental Health.org and Southern Universities Network to make this a reality - thanks to these partnerships we can now provide open access resources for all students to support them with the transition to university.