UAL is kicking off the new academic year with a spotlight on student mental health. The University is supporting the‘Where’s Your Head At’ campaign led by entertainment network Bauer Media which calls for a change in the law to require every UK workplace and college to provide trained mental health first aiders on site. Over 180,000 people have signed a petition which Bauer will present to 10 Downing Street on 8 October, ahead of World Mental Health Awareness Day on 10 October.
UAL students from BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media at London College of Communication have designed and produced the official banners displaying key campaign messages and placards that will be used to support the delivery of the petition to parliament.
Marie Kan, UAL Head of Counselling, Health Advice and Chaplaincy said:
“It’s crucial that students have access to support wherever they are so UAL has trained forty-two front-line staff as mental health first aiders across our sites, with more on the way. We continue to integrate a mental health focus into university life at UAL and we support the campaign for better mental health support in workplaces and Colleges.”
Where’s Your Head At? launched in May 2018. Supporters include Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, mental health campaigner Natasha Devon OBE, the former government mental health tsar who presents mental health and body image workshops and talks at UK universities and musician Professor Green; as well as a number of television personalities including Peter Andre and reality TV figures Jamie Laing, Charlotte Crosby, Megan McKenna & Kem Cetinay.
UAL has recently doubled the size its Counselling and Health Advice service and has a higher than average mental health professional/student ratio of 1:1135 (HEPI, 2016). 42 front-line staff have recently qualified as mental health first aiders working across our sites. UAL has 16 full-time equivalent mental health professionals employed across the university with a further five posts planned. As well as qualified counsellors and counselling psychologists, the UAL team has CBT practitioners, social workers, mental health nurses and a clinical nurse.
Earlier this year UAL joined forces with Vice for an evening of discussion on xanax and young people’s mental health, which included a panel discussion attended by Labour MP Bambos Charalambous.
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