Have your say on our Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategies

Students and staff are at the heart of our university. We are committed to supporting the wellbeing of our community and have been listening to your feedback in relation to mental health and wellbeing. In response we have drafted new mental health and wellbeing strategies, one for students and one for staff.

These strategies outline the wide range of activity already underway and explicitly set out our commitment to:

  • prioritise the wellbeing of our students and staff, whether that is through tackling structural barriers or supporting individuals,
  • foster an inclusive and diverse community where our students and staff can succeed, and
  • engage with all parts of our institution and community in the effort to support staff and student wellbeing.

We understand many of the challenges facing students and staff, but there are still areas where we can improve awareness and support throughout the university.  We must strive to ensure that wellbeing support is as good as the academic excellence our students and staff have come to expect. Our support should be coherent and consistent, and so these draft strategies outline:

  • the drivers for our strategic approach and improvement to our support for staff and students,
  • key areas of work already underway, and 
  • the principles that should underpin both the strategies, the actions we are taking and our behaviours in relation to support and wellbeing.

This is where you come in. Using the Universities UK #Stepchange framework, we have worked with our advisory groups, partners, and staff and student representatives to draft these strategies. Now we need to hear from you. We would like your feedback, ideas and suggestions for these strategies and the action plans needed to support them. 

These documents are open for your feedback between 10 October 2018 to 7 November 2018. As well as this online consultation, there will be other opportunities to have input. These will be advertised jointly by the Student Union and the University during the next month. Feedback regarding the student strategy can also be provided via the Bristol SU.

We recognise that mental health and wellbeing can be a difficult or upsetting topic for some people, or that you may not know where you can find help. More information about what support is available for yourself, your friends or colleagues is available:

Strategies and questionnaires 

Your feedback will help shape this strategy, our suicide prevention framework and our mental health and wellbeing action plans. The action plans will be regularly reviewed, and we will continue to seek input from our community and report transparently.

Thank you for taking the time to share your views.

Staff strategy and questionnaire

Student strategy and questionnaire