AoC Mental Health and Wellbeing Award - Inverness College UHI Case Study

Inverness College UHI has taken a strategic approach to supporting health improvement through a whole college, holistic approach to mental wellbeing appreciating the

linkages between environmental, social and physical health.

A two-pronged approach focussing on proactive initiatives to promote and maintain positive health whilst also ensure that we remain responsive to students who experience difficulties.

Our approach offers an inclusive model which shifts support from being reactive to being more proactive and shifts to a wider social model of health. It also focuses on external partnership working to provide a comprehensive support package for our students.

Early recognition of those who are at risk of not successfully completing their course meant improved successful outcomes and reduction in further withdrawals. Colleagues feeling more aware, supported and confident in how to best support their students and recognise emerging issues through investment in staff development; 91% of students are ‘very satisfied’ or ‘satisfied’ with Wellbeing and Counselling services (SSES results)

We have put processes in place to enable us to identify, at the earliest point, when an individual needs enhanced support. We operate a triage system for all referrals coming in to the wellbeing service.

The range and scale of the work we are undertaking is sector leading and has made a significant contribution in addressing the health and wellbeing needs of our staff and students.