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University Mental Health Charter Award

UCL is delighted to be among the first universities to apply for the University Mental Health Charter Award, demonstrating our commitment to making mental health a university-wide priority.

  • Encourages universities to develop a whole-university approach to mental health.
  • Helps to understand areas of strength and development to inform ongoing improvement.
  • Recognises universities that demonstrate excellent approaches to student and staff mental health.

Published in 2019, the Charter framework provides a set of evidence-informed principles to support universities across the UK in prioritising staff and student mental health. UCL is part of the first cohort of UK universities to join the programme and is now eligible to work towards the Charter Award, an accreditation scheme for universities that demonstrate excellent practice in mental health.

University Mental Health Charter Framework

Among other principles, the Charter lays out details of how to create effective support services alongside an environment and culture that promote good mental health for the whole university community. The Charter was developed by the UK’s student mental health charity, Student Minds, and is supported by a number of enabling themes from Universities UK’s Mentally Healthy Universities model.

The Charter is composed of 5 domains: Learn, Support, Work, Live, and Enabling Themes and 18 themes (4-6 principles each).

Click here to look at the themes and their principles in more detail.

Learn domain

Work domain

Enabling Themes

Achieving the University Mental Health Charter Award

Assessments include on-site visits, submission of self-assessment of university's approach to the principles of good practice of each theme, and peer assessment.

UCL has convened a University Mental Health Charter Working Group (with members from all 11 faculties) chaired by Prof Anthony David (Director and Sackler Chair, UCL Institute of Mental Health) to lead our submission for Charter Award status. 

Professor David said: “I’m very proud of the work that we are doing at UCL to support the mental health and wellbeing of our staff and student communities. Being selected as one of the first universities to join the University Mental Health Charter Programme highlights our commitment to improving the standard of mental health – not just within UCL but across the sector as a whole. It is exciting to look ahead and build on what we have already achieved in this area so that we can ensure that everyone receives the support they need to thrive.”

More information about the University Mental Health Charter can be found on their website.

To read about or access mental health and wellbeing support at UCL, please see the Student Support and Wellbeing website.