Student Mental Health Agreement Project
Think Positive’s Student Mental Health Agreement project (SMHA) is a commitment between the student’s association and college/university, to help develop and promote their mental health support offer. We work with 86% of all institutions & students’ associations in Scotland on this project.
- Consultancy Support – Think Positive offers free consultancy support to those taking part in the Student Mental Health Agreement project. This is delivered via online meetings, emails and telephone support.
- Resources – Think Positive offer project participants a range of free resources to help them develop and evaluate their Student Mental Health Agreement work.
In April 2023 Think Positive co-produced the National Student Mental Health Campaign #HelpingStudentsThrive alongside a group of students with lived experience of mental ill health.
Student Mental Health Research
In 2020 Think Positive, funded by the Scottish Government, commissioned research to evaluate the effectiveness of student mental health support in Scotland and to support the FE and HE sectors to further develop appropriate practice in the delivery of mental health and wellbeing services to students. It is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland, covering both further and higher education students.
Each month Think Positive organises and facilitates a space for representatives from colleges, universities and students’ associations across Scotland meet to discuss the challenges and opportunities they are facing around topics relating to student mental health. It provides an opportunity for them to connect, learn from each other and share best practice. More information about The Forum.
Think Positive Hub
The Think Positive Hub brings together all of the projects, services, resources, training and news relating to student mental health together in one place, for students and those who support them to easily access. The Think Positive Hub also highlights a summary of the services available at every College and University in Scotland which are updated by institutions every six months.
Think Positive has meaningful partnerships with a wide range of external organisations across Scotland. We also sit on a variety of external local and national groups.
This enables us to:
- Ensure the experiences of students are considered during decision making.
- Share the challenges facing students and those who support them.
- Ensure the work that Think Positive and project participants take forward links into wider work within the sector.
- Influence the work being taken forward by others.
- Learn from others’ experiences.