Working together to improve mental health services for students

7 March 2019

The University of Hertfordshire has been working closely with Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) to enhance its mental health and wellbeing services, including linking students with appropriate expert support and referring students for fast assessments if they are seriously unwell.

Dedicated HPFT Community Mental Health Nurse on campus

Two years ago HPFT appointed a Community Mental Health Nurse/Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Therapist to work with students on the university campus every week, which provides consistency of support for students. Working closely with the University of Hertfordshire Student Wellbeing team and the Community Mental Health Nurse, HPFT can handle referrals from the university’s mental health team more speedily and work together with student service users in a more holistic way.

Working together for the students is making an incredible difference to them and we’re continually looking for ways to make it even easier for them to access services.

Monika Lee
HPFT’s Community Mental Health Nurse/CBT

At HPFT we’re always looking for ways to improve our services and it’s great that working more collaboratively with the mental health teams at the University of Hertfordshire is working so well and helping their students to receive the support they need, when they need it.

Dr Jane Padmore
HPFT’s Director of Quality and Safety and Chief Nurse

We’re in regular contact with many of the teams at HPFT and we’ve built up relationships which are making an enormous difference to how our students are supported. Some students arrive with complex and enduring mental health difficulties, whilst others develop problems after they join us. It’s common for students to feel more vulnerable being away from home for the first time, without their regular support networks around them. They might be feeling lonely, having problems fitting in, or they might be struggling with their workload. The most important message for students is not to be scared to tell us. We always act as quickly as we can to help students who need our support whether it be their first experience of mental health difficulties or a longer-term condition.

Lena Kloos
Head of Student Wellbeing, University of Hertfordshire

The university is organising a workshop focusing on improving emotional resilience on University Mental Health Day.


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