Students in enabling programs bring a richness and diversity to our universities, but they may also arrive with numerous challenges. For a variety of reasons, students may seek support and advice in regard to their non-academic challenges (such as mental health issues) from their lecturers and tutors, rather than from psychologists and counsellors. The NAEEA SIG on Mental Health explores the area of student wellbeing in enabling programs; what do we (or could we) do as enabling educators to support our students’ wellbeing? We are also interested in the experiences of academic staff in teaching and supporting enabling students; what are the challenges and protective factors for staff? Our SIG meets every two months (via Skype) to share experiences, strategies and ideas from the literature.

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