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Support Programmes: Introductory Text

Since health promotion and prevention became a universal issue in the political agenda, different actions have been implemented in educational institutions in order to improve health care. Support programmes related to mental health and wellbeing in HEIs is diverse. There exist different categorizations according to different elements or features, as it could be how long they are, people leading the support, if previous training is mandatory, etc. However, this toolkit’ s focus is on four types of support programmes:


  • Firstly it contains information about Mental Health Awareness Programmes, which focus on prevention and promotion of mental health through self-awareness indeed.
  •  Secondly, it includes some details about Skills Training Programmes, which aims to improve the development of socio-emotional skills within students. 
  • In third place, there are materials about social mentoring and how mentorship indeed is a key element in supporting mental health and wellbeing of students. 
  • Finally, Mental Health Peer Support programmes in HE are presented, as well as how they are starting to emerge in the HEI showing to be effective and innovative.


In resume, this toolkit contains 2 video lectures; one associated to Social Mentoring, and another one about Mental Health Peer Support. Likewise, 8 examples of a variety of support programmes are provided, through infographics and short video presentations.

Good practice example