University of Sheffield set to benefit from new Mind and Goldman Sachs Mental Health programme

  • University of Sheffield successfully chosen to be part of a new £1.5 million partnership launched between Goldman Sachs and Mind to provide mental health support in universities.
  • Programme will provide support and specialist training to complement existing University of Sheffield programmes, designed to equip the University community with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their own mental health and that of others.
  • Training includes resilience training for students and workplace wellbeing workshops for final year students who are about to graduate and transition into the workplace.

The University of Sheffield's Students' Union

The University of Sheffield is set to benefit from a new £1.5 million partnership launched between Goldman Sachs and Mind, which will provide mental health support in universities.

In the first partnership of its kind, the Mentally Healthy Universities programme will be delivered by Mind and will reach over 6,000 students and staff across the University of Sheffield and nine other universities in its first two years. The University of Sheffield’s involvement will take place in year two of the project, in 2020/21.

The programme will provide support and specialist training to complement existing University of Sheffield programmes, designed to equip the University community with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their own mental health and that of others.

We hope that by providing people with the tools and knowledge needed to support their mental health, we’ll be giving students the best university experience possible, as well as equipping students and staff with crucial life skills.

Susan Bridgeford, Director of Student Support Services at the University of Sheffield

This includes resilience training for students and workplace wellbeing workshops for final year students who are about to graduate and transition into the workplace.

There is a growing recognition of the mental health challenges faced by the UK’s higher education sector.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency the number of students who disclosed a mental health condition almost doubled between 2012 and 2015 to nearly 45,000.

However, national figures suggest that mental health difficulties within higher education are currently underreported as just 1 in 125 students (0.8 per cent) and around 1 in 500 staff (0.2 per cent) have disclosed a mental health condition to their university.

Susan Bridgeford, Director of Student Support Services at the University of Sheffield, said: “The mental health of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us so we’re delighted to be part of this new initiative, which will complement the support we already provide within our University community.

“We hope that by providing people with the tools and knowledge needed to support their mental health, we’ll be giving students the best university experience possible, as well as equipping students and staff with crucial life skills.”

Lindsay Doyle-Price from Sheffield Mind said: “We are really looking forward to working with the University of Sheffield and appreciate the commitment they have shown already to improving the mental wellbeing of their students. We will work closely with staff and students to enhance the support already provided, through a programme of specialist training and peer support. Through these interventions we hope that staff and students will be better equipped to take care of their own mental health and also to support each other.”

Goldman Sachs is a major recruiter of university graduates and its backing for the programme is part of broader efforts to improve mental health support in the workplace and wider communities.

With a focus on students in their first and final years of study, the programme will address transitional moments in students’ lives that can bring added challenges and pressures.

The programme is funded by Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund for Goldman Sachs’ current and retired senior employees to recommend grants to qualifying non-profit organizations.

Richard Gnodde, CEO of Goldman Sachs International, said: “The transition through higher education and into the workforce is often a challenging and pressurised time in young people’s lives.

“We believe employers have an important role to play in changing attitudes towards mental health through providing support, resources and open conversation around an often stigmatized subject.

“We look forward to supporting Mind and these universities in launching this critical programme.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, added: “We are really excited to be working with Goldman Sachs to better support thousands of university students and staff across England and Wales. We know that both students and staff face many pressures unique to the university environment. This timely opportunity allows us to deliver a programme that responds to the needs of university communities, building on good practice within the sector, to ensure everyone with a mental health problem receives support and respect.”

Additional information

The 10 participating universities are:
• University of Cambridge
• University of Bath
• University of Greenwich
• University of Bristol
• Teesside University
• The London School of Economics and Political Science
• Leeds Beckett University
• University of Sheffield
• University of Central Lancashire
• Oxford Brookes

The University of Sheffield
With almost 29,000 of the brightest students from over 140 countries, learning alongside over 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities.

A member of the UK’s prestigious Russell Group of leading research-led institutions, Sheffield offers world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines.

Unified by the power of discovery and understanding, staff and students at the university are committed to finding new ways to transform the world we live in.

Sheffield is the only university to feature in The Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For 2018 and for the last eight years has been ranked in the top five UK universities for Student Satisfaction by Times Higher Education.

Sheffield has six Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and its alumni go on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence all over the world, making significant contributions in their chosen fields.

Global research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, AstraZeneca, Glaxo SmithKline, Siemens and Airbus, as well as many UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

About Mind

• Mind, the mental health charity provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. www.mind.org.uk
• Please note that Mind is not an acronym and should be set in title case.
• Mind has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday)
• Contact Mind’s Media Team for interviews or further information on 0208 522 1743. For out of hours support, call 07850 788 514 or email .
• To access to a range of free images to accompany mental health news stories, visit: www.time-to-change.org.uk/getthepicture . These images have been developed by Time to Change, a campaign to change how we all think and act about mental health problems. Time to Change is led by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, and funded by the Department of Health, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund.

About Goldman Sachs
The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

About Goldman Sachs Gives
Goldman Sachs Gives is a donor-advised fund, through which our current and retired senior employees work together to recommend grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their goals.

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The University of Sheffield
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