Constructing the Framework
Jill Manthorpe and Nicky Stanley
A high proportion of those studying or working in higher education will encounter students with mental health problems. This book is explicitly addressed to those employed in higher education institutions (HEIs) but argues that these include academic, administrative and student support staff as well as those working in traditional welfare roles within higher education, such as counselling or chaplaincy services. We take this broad approach because we consider the needs of students with mental health difficulties to be relevant to their participation in student life as a whole. Moreover, for those students who develop mental health problems while studying, an institution-wide approach to their support helps to create an effective and co-ordinated response.
This book aims to both examine the needs of students with mental health problems and to offer ideas and examples of effective responses. Mental health emerged during the 1990s as a key element of the UK government's initiative to improve the health of the nation. In parallel, policies and services have stressed the importance of including people with disabilities (including mental health problems) in education and employment. Social inclusion theories, government policies and anti-discriminatory legislation have provided a means of widening the debate about disability