Staff Mental Health Champions


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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.

Applications are closed

Applications are now closed for round 3 of the Staff Mental Health Champion initiative with Mind. Applications will be shortlisted the week commencing 26 July 2021. We are expecting a high number of applications and so will not be able to accept all applicants onto the programme.


Your Staff Mental Health Champions: 


Hub 1
Alma Neu Campus Business Management and Support, Badock Hall  
Ashton Vaughan Capital Projects, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Carolina Dominguez Burgues Campus Business Management and Support, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Stephen Smith Security Services, Royal Fort Lodge


Hub 2

Byron Tibbitts School of Policy Studies, 8 Priory Road
Keith Beasley School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, 11 Priory Road
Emily Bell School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building
Dionne Burton School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences Building


Hub 3

Carlos Sebastian Ayala Bristol Veterinary School, Dolberry Building
Louisa Slingsby Bristol Veterinary School, Langford
Nicola Rooney Bristol Veterinary School, Langford Campus


Hub 4

Caroline Jarrett Faculty of Science, Royal Fort House
Claudia Hildebrandt School of Earth SciencesWills Memorial Building
Jorge Ojeda Gomez Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Building
Stuart Bellamy School of Geographical Sciences and the School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Inner Court Labs & Geography Buildings


Hub 5

Chris Williams School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences Building
Paul Chadderton School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience Biomedical Sciences Building
Dave Lawson School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building
Angela Hague Bristol Dental School, Bristol Dental School
Fanny Monteiro School of Geographical Sciences, Geography


Hub 6

Stephen Palmer Bristol Medical School, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Corinna Chandler Bristol Medical School, Canynge Hall
Gemma Ford Bristol Medical School, Dorothy Hodgekin Building
Louis Macgregor Bristol Medical School, Oakfield House
Lucy Collingwood Bristol Medical School, Biomedical Sciences Building
Samantha de Jesus Bristol Medical School, B.R.I. Phase One Building
Simon Reynolds IT Services, Canynge Hall


Hub 7

Jez Stein Library Services, Arts and Social Sciences Library
Molly Williams Sport, Exercise and Health, Tyndall Avenue
Joel Ross Department of Mechanical Engineering, Queen's Building
Robert Schultz-Graham Faculty of Engineering, Engineering Faculty Office
Anisha Nijhawan Department of Civil Engineering, Queens Building


Hub 8

Emma Coleman Finance Services, Augustine's Courtyard
John Halliwell Research and Enterprise Development, 1 Cathedral Square
Jon Tilley Human Resources, Augustine's Courtyard
Rebekah Linzey-Jones Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Cathedral Square


Hub 9

John Foot School of Modern Languages, 17 Woodland Road
Kathryn Pintus Faculty of Arts, 7 Woodland Road
Victoria Newton Centre for Academic Language and Development, Richmond Building


Hub 10

Nikki Kooner-Ramm Strategic Programmes and Projects, Augustine's Courtyard
Sadie Drummond Education Services, 31 Great George Street
Sarah Marshall Governance, Beacon House