Dr Anna Matthews
Anna is the Chair of UMHAN, CEO and founder of UMO and UMO Pro, a not for profit Specialist Mental Health & Wellbeing Mentoring Service providing bespoke one-to-one support to students and staff. Anna has worked in this sector for over 14 years and now helps to frame policy in this area. She has previously worked within the NHS and academia, principally at Leeds University. Anna has lectured, led workshops, provided consultancy in mental health and wellbeing and has run the national mental health mentoring accreditation scheme since 2016 for those wishing to work within the HEI sector and meet DSA qualifications. Anna is keen to raise awareness of the outcome measures into specialist mentoring, as well as how to ensure equal access to mental health and wellbeing mentoring. Most recently, she has published a White Paper on the role and impact of specialist mental health mentoring. This research highlights the significant benefits of the interventions on students and staff in UK Higher Education Institutions.