Staff Mental Health Champions

Staff Mental Health Champions

The University of Bristol is taking part in Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot and has appointed 30 Staff Mental Health Champions to work on raising awareness and tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

What is a Mental Health Champion?

A Mental Health Champion is any employee who takes action to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst staff, challenges mental health stigma, and provides peer support to colleagues. A Mental Health Champion is not expected to act as a counsellor or share their own experiences if they are not comfortable doing so.

Why do we need Champions?

We all have mental health just as we have physical health. We know that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. This includes university staff. The Education Support Partnership found that 32 per cent of higher education staff nationally have experienced a mental health problem in the past academic year.

Stigma is still an issue. The Equality Challenge Unit found that 38 per cent of university staff surveyed said they had not told colleagues about their mental health problems due to a fear they would be treated differently or thought less of. We hope that taking part in this programme will be just the beginning for staff who want to make a difference around mental health at work. We are looking for those who have the passion to create an environment where colleagues feel able to talk openly and receive support.

What do Champions do?

Staff Mental Health Champions raise awareness of mental health and make it part of normal conversation. They do this in lots of different ways. Every activity, no matter how big or small, contributes to our collective goal of tackling stigma, such as organising an event or starting a conversation about mental health within teams. Have a chat with your local champion to find out more about what they are doing in their local area.


Your Staff Mental Health Champions: 


Alma Neu Catering Operations, The Hawthorns
Angela Hague Bristol Dental School, Bristol Dental School
Ashton Vaughan Capital Projects, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Byron Tibbitts School of Policy Studies, 8 Priory Road
Caroline Jarrett Faculty of Science, Royal Fort House
Corinna Chandler Bristol Medical School, Canynge Hall
Dionne Burton School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences Building
Ed Jefferson School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Emily Bell School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building
Emma Coleman Finance Services, Augustine's Courtyard
Gemma Ford Bristol Medical School, Dorothy Hodgekin Building
Heather Wilson Careers Service, Oldbury House
Jez Stein Library Services, Arts and Social Sciences Library
John Foot School of Modern Languages, 17 Woodland Road
John Halliwell Research and Enterprise Development, 1 Cathedral Square
Jon Tilley Human Resources, Augustine's Courtyard
Jorge Ojeda Gomez Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Building
Keith Beasley School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, 11 Priory Road
Lelia Wills External Relations, 31 Great George Street
Louis Macgregor Bristol Medical School, Oakfield House
Louisa Slingsby Bristol Veterinary School, Langford
Molly Williams Sport, Exercise and Health, Tyndall Avenue
Rebekah Linzey-Jones Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Cathedral Square
Robert Schultz-Graham Faculty of Engineering, Engineering Faculty Office
Ruth Weir External Relations, 31 Great George Street
Sadie Drummond Education Services, 31 Great George Street
Simon Reynolds IT Services, Canynge Hall
Stephen Palmer Bristol Medical School, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Trang Tran School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Victoria Newton Centre for Academic Language and Development, Richmond Building
Vinesh Solanki School of Mathematics, Fry Building