Staff Mental Health Champions

Staff Mental Health Champions

The University of Bristol is taking part in Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot and is offering up to 30 staff the opportunity to become Staff Mental Health Champions.

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.

 

Champions in your area will be announced shortly.