What You Can Do For University Mental Health Day

Welcome to the 27th episode of the Diverse Minds Podcast. Today we’re talking about University Mental Health Day. I’m delighted to be joined by Rosie Tressler, the CEO of Student Minds. 

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About my guest

Rosie Tressler is the CEO of Student Minds, the UK’s dedicated student mental health charity. Student Minds develops innovative approaches to support mentally healthy university communities. Student Minds collaborates on research which not only, empowers students, and professionals, but connects communities.  

Rosie has been working in the area of student wellbeing for several years. She became the charity’s Chief Executive Officer in 2015. Not only is she running Student Minds, but she is also undertaking a Churchill Fellowship, to explore preventative approaches to student mental health. Student Minds works with the University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN), as well as a range of other partners to encourage participation in University Mental Health Day (UMHD). UMHD is an initiative that brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority. 

On Thursday 5th March 2020 Student Minds and the university community will be building a movement of people to inspire conversations. All with the aim of encouraging people to take action and create change.

Communities come together with universities, Students’ Unions, student campaigners, accommodation staff and health care providers running events and activities all across the UK. By working together, we can shape a future in which everyone in higher education can thrive. Whether you are part of a university or workplace, you can get and be involved!  

In today’s show, we talk about:

  • About Rosie and Student Minds. [02:19]
  • The three main areas of focus for Student Minds in 2020. [05:58]
  • What University Mental Health Day means to Rosie. [13:00]
  • How universities can get involved in University Mental Health Day. [16:30]
  • What workplaces can do to support the work of universities and their future workforce [19:10]
  • How student mental health can be made as inclusive as possible [23:55] 
  • How you can find out more about University Mental Health Day. [34.16:]

Resources for University Mental Health Day: 

Co-producing mental health strategies with students: A Guide for the Higher Education Sector

The University Mental Health Charter 

Student Mental Health Research Network – SMARTEN 

UMAN Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion in Higher Education

Improving Student Mental Health in Universities

Connect with my guest:

  • Like Student Minds on Facebook
  • Follow Student Minds on Twitter
  • See Student Minds on Instagram
  • Connect with Student Minds on LinkedIn
  • Use the hashtag #UniMentalHealthDay on socal media
  • Follow Rosie on Twitter


  • Universities can get involved in lots of innovative and different ways.
  • I would love to see more universities challenge themselves, regarding how much support is being co-produced with our target students.
  • When you talk about inclusion, it’s very easy to have good intentions and actually do more harm than good sometimes. 
  • It’s important to be humble and acknowledge that you might not always be the best person to make certain statements or to ask questions.
  • You know what, Gen Z really gets this stuff.

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Finally, remember to tune in to next week’s episode, where I’ll bring you more insights into mental health and inclusion. 

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