What should be included in our Student Mental Health Agreement?
Your Student Mental Health Agreement should include all the mental health and wellbeing work your university and student association is doing or plans to do.
Examples of the sorts of topics you might want to include in your agreement can be found in the ‘Potential working area’s’ document on our website, or in our ‘Working Areas’ soundbites series.
The aim is that this work should be easily accessible by students and staff, in one clear easy-to-read document.
How long does a Student Mental Health Agreement last for?
Your Student Mental Health Agreement document is active for 18 months at the point in which you sign-up.
So, for example, if you sign-up in August, your Student Mental Health Agreement will be active within the 18-month cycle, not when you launch it.
There is a 4-month sign-up period from the start of the Refreshers Event in August to early December.
What does a ‘good’ SMHA look like?
A good SMHA would include all the mental health and wellbeing work being taken forward.
Whilst all SMHA’s are different, they each follow the same project-cycle process.
Please read the resource ‘Project Cycle’ which highlights how to develop a strong SMHA.
We’re continually updating the project resources to make it as easy as possible for you to develop a strong Student Mental Health Agreement, so read through those that are currently available and check back at the website for new ones.
When and what support can we get from Think Positive?
Throughout your time with us, we are here to help! Please drop us an email any time and someone in the team will get back to you.
What support you would like really depends on you: some institutions get in touch with us every few months, others like to stay in touch more regularly.
By taking part in the Student Mental Health Agreement Project you get access to the following support:
- Consultancy support throughout the year via Skype, phone call, email and 1:1 visits.
- Staff and officers leading on the SMHA at your institutions will be invited to attend FREE Scottish Mental Health First Aid training.
- Invitation to attend the Think Positive events throughout the year, which aim to showcase best practise across the sector.
- Free Think Positive resources such as leaflets and freebies available to order free for your events.
- Access to an online network of peers to support you in your Student Mental Health Agreement project.
- Opportunity to apply for the Small Grant Scheme.
- Feedback on your agreement whilst it’s in draft form.
- Once you have submitted your end of year report, you’ll also receive a certificate.
Can we use data or feedback that we already have on students to shape our Student Mental Health Agreement and its working areas?
Yes! If you already have student feedback or data which helps to back up why your chosen working areas are important, then use this.
Consider how long ago this was captured, if it is still relevant and what could have changed during this time.
Students gave feedback that they didn’t like lengthy surveys, so consider alternative methods of engaging with students.
Does the Student Association need to be affiliated with NUS to take part in the project?
No; whilst the project is hosted by NUS Scotland, we are funded by the Scottish Government and not by NUS Scotland.
We work with lots of institutions that aren’t affiliated to NUS Scotland, so affiliation is not a pre-requisite to participate in the project.