This week we speak to Hayley Mulenda, all about student mental health. Hayley is an award winning international speaker, author and change agent, who speaks openly about her struggles with mental health as a student, and how best to support students who need help.
In late 2020, an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey exposed the devastating impact of COVID-19 on students’ mental health in England. 57% of the 2,000 higher education students surveyed reported a worsening in their mental health and wellbeing during the autumn term, and 63% felt COVID-19 posed either a big or significant risk to their mental or physical health.
Hayley was the keynote speaker at last year’s Digifest – which is where this honest, informative and personal interview was recorded. Hayley is a force to be reckoned with, and approaches the subject of wellbeing with a realistic and practical outlook, sharing tips, advice helpful approaches to support student wellbeing.
This interview took place at last year's Digifest in March 2020.
Jisc and Emerge Education are going to be releasing a report around wellbeing towards the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that.
In the meantime, we’ve got guides that might help – such as ensuring continuity of learning during enforced absence/student wellbeing, and a Code of practice for wellbeing and mental health/learning analytics.
Our coronavirus page contains advice, guidance, briefings, and blogs to support you during this time.
If you’ve been using technology to support staff and/or student wellbeing, and would like to share your experiences, do get in touch with our podcast team.
Multi-award-winning international speaker, author and change agent
Visit Hayley's website
Media and content officer, Jisc
Digital campaign manager, Jisc