Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Working Group


The purpose of the group is:

  • to support the implementation of the Programme for Government commitments on additional counsellors and the development of an integrated approach to student wellbeing in colleges and universities
  • to support improved local partnerships, referral pathways and support mechanisms, between colleges and universities, and NHS Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships, local authorities and the third sector, in supporting student’s mental health needs
  • to support work in relation to our letter of guidance to the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) which makes clear that all colleges and universities should develop a strategy for mental health, and work with NUS Scotland and their local student association to develop a student mental health agreement
  • to examine where gaps exist across the sectors in the provision of mental health and wellbeing support to students
  • to learn from best practice around transitions from school to college and university and effective existing local partnerships
  • to encourage collaboration across the public and third sector and approaches to developing shared services and referral pathways and staff supervision
  • to develop an approach to monitoring and evaluation within an enhancement framework

The group will closely align its work with the work of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Taskforce and the National Suicide Prevention Leadership Group.


  • Gareth Allen, Scottish Government
  • Catherine Brown, Scottish Government
  • Natalie Wilson, Scottish Government 
  • Steven Paxton, Scottish Government
  • Ally Winford, Scottish Government
  • Neil Guy, Scottish Government
  • Jennifer Russell, South Lanarkshire Social Care Partnership
  • Professor Pamela Gilles, Glasgow Caledonian University and Universities Scotland
  • Lynne Currie, Universities Scotland
  • Ruth Unsworth, University of St Andrews
  • Fiona Drouet, Emily Test
  • Lauren McNamara, SAAS
  • Ronnie Millar, Director, University of Edinburgh and Heads of University Counselling Services
  • Jill Stevenson, University of Stirling and AMOSSHE
  • Jon Vincent, Glasgow Clyde College
  • Andy Witty, Colleges Scotland
  • Colin Sinclair, NHS Scotland National Services
  • Brian Magee, COSCA
  • Steve Mulligan, British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Kirsten Amis, Glasgow Clyde College and BACP
  • Fiona Burns, Scottish Funding Council
  • Gavin Bruce, Scottish Funding Council
  • Emma Roberts, Scottish Funding Council
  • Liam McCabe, NUS Scotland
  • David Livey, NUS Scotland
  • Craig Smith, SAMH
  • Nicola Dickie, CoSLA
  • Mairi Gordon, the Samaritans
  • John Kelly, Educational Institute of Scotland
  • Maree Shepherd, UNISON
  • Maria Reilly, UNITE
  • Murdo Mathieson, UCU
  • Allie Scott, UHI Perth College
  • Hannah Clarke, SPARQS