Mental health skills for student support services (Simulation course)

Mental healthcare

Course information

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Length: 1 Days
Cost: £0.01

About the course

Mental health skills for student support services (Simulation course)

It is estimated that one in four university students will experience mental illness and students are increasingly speaking to student support services and faculty members about their mental health concerns. The recent increase in suicides amongst university students has brought the duty of care faced by universities into focus and many institutions are seeking to make positive changes towards providing holistic care to their students.

This one-day simulation course is aimed at student support staff and will provide an immersive, highly lifelike learning experience, allowing them to develop their skills in dealing with a range of challenging scenarios. Developed in conjunction with major London universities, the content covered will be highly relevant to anyone working in support services. Learning will be facilitated by the award-winning Maudsley Simulation faculty and supported by clinical experts from the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neurosciences (IoPPN).

This is an ideal opportunity for university staff to build on their existing knowledge and improve their confidence in discussing, assessing, and managing a range of mental health and behavioural difficulties.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Substance misuse and addiction
  • Sexual assault and trauma
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD and autism spectrum)
  • Psychotic symptoms and first-episode psychosis
  • Mental health challenges for international students

The price for this course is available on request, please email

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Learning Objectives

After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Perform effective first-line assessments for a range of mental health and crisis presentations
  • Navigate difficult conversations with students in difficulty
  • Confidently discuss, assess, and manage self-harm and suicide
  • Provide advice, signposting, and referral to appropriate services
  • Use motivation interviewing techniques to effect change

Course Information

Target audience

Academic, Peer support mentors, Student support staff, University faculty members, University health service doctors, University tutors

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

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The fusion of Education and the Health Service is extremely exciting and now indeed essential; I am thrilled that St Mary’s is at the forefront of this. I am truly invigorated to disseminate many nuggets of wisdom and tangible strategies gained yesterday to my entire school community.
Assistant Headteacher - London
The knowledge and skills help children in many areas e.g. friendships, learning, attitude, dealing with problems at home and school. Skills will stay with them as they progress helping them to be reflective and emotionally resilient.
Teacher - London