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The challenges around addressing student mental health and wellbeing are not new. Over recent years thenumber of students disclosing a mental health condition in the UK has increased: 47,625 more studentsdisclosed a mental health condition in 2015/16 compared to 2007/8.

Student support and counsellingservices are at capacity across the sector and student mental wellbeing is one of the most prevalent areasof discussion amongst student officers and institutions. Yet the traditional approaches employed byinstitutions to tackle this area are not enough anymore; they are fire-fighting and struggling to meetdemand.

This session will explore a new project developed in partnership with the sector over the last yearthat encourages institutions to look at student wellbeing through a learning and teaching lens, offering analternative and new approach to addressing the existing challenges around student wellbeing.

ISSN: 2593-9602

This paper was presented at the 2020 European Learning & Teaching Forum and reflects the views of the named authors only.

A new approach to existing challenges: addressing student mental wellbeing from a learning and teaching perspective

Stef Black

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