UCL takes part in Mental Health Awareness Week
11 May 2018
Find out what we're doing as part of Mental Health Awareness Week from 14-20 May.
Mental Health Awareness Week is a national event taking place from 14-20 May this year. The event is run by the Mental Health Foundation and the theme for this year is 'Stress: are we coping?'.
'Mental wellness' and 'reducing mental ill-health stigma' are two of the six pillars of UCL's Wellbeing Strategy, which was launched by the Provost last year. Find out about what we're doing:
Mental Health First Aid
We are investing in our staff - training up colleagues from different parts of the university to become accredited Mental Health First Aid trainers. This will enable us to roll out training to more colleagues in the future. Our first cohort of trainers includes Lina Ahmed, Declan Clear, Mike Chung, Ntale Eastmond, Julie Evans and Rachel Kempsell.
Declan Clear, Student Experience Officer in the UCL School of Management, commented:
"It is important we remove the stigma around mental health and face head on the challenges that it presents, and having UCL staff trained in Mental Health First Aid can only benefit our students and colleagues. It is a wonderful scheme and I look forward to taking and embedding the knowledge into our departmental practices. Building awareness can only be a good thing."
We now have more than 50 Wellbeing Champions in place across the university. They have all received training and will be able to advise you on any wellbeing related matters locally. The champions will also be running wellbeing events in their departments in the coming months. If you're interested in becoming a Wellbeing Champion you can read more about the role.
Other activities and resources
Throughout the week we'll be publishing updates on topics like mindfulness, physical activity, purposefulness and showing consideration to others. Follow @UCL_Wellbeing on Twitter to receive the latest news. There are also some great resources available on the MHFA England website about managing stress.
For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week please contact Karen Smith, Head of Wellbeing.