Last year we asked you about your experiences with mental health and we received over 800 responses. 92% of those who filled it out said they’d experienced a period of poor mental health, yet only 19% of students felt the support UAL had given them was sufficient.

With this information we have been able to lobby the university to increase the budget for counselling by £250,000. Along with this they have doubled the amount of mental health advisors, hired an additional two full time counsellors and extended access to weekends and evenings.

We’re continuing to campaign for better support for mental wellbeing and now have a joint wellbeing action plan with the university which covers the next five years. The high priority issues we will be working on are mandatory mental health awareness training for staff, competent and specialist care for BME and LGBTQ students, and deadline extensions.

We're also working hard on reducing the stigma surrounding mental wellbeing to make it something that we can all regularly talk about. As part of this, we’re running a series of events in January 2017 around mental wellbeing, and have created the wellbeing zine full of resources for students.

Have an idea for your own Wellbeing Event? Click here for information on the Mental Wellbeing Project Fund.

See below for all the events we have planned over the coming months!

 

Managing 'stuckness' skilfully
16th Jan
10.15am-1.15pm
CSM King's Cross Learning Zone
Click here to book

 

Feeling Myself Care Workshop
16th Jan
6-8pm
LCF High Holborn
Click here to find out more

 

Maintaining Mental Health
17th Jan
5.30-7.30pm
Chelsea A208
Click here to find out more

 

Problem solving through drawing
17th Jan
1-4pm
CSM King's Cross Learning Zone Pod ABC
Click here to book

 

Is Mental Health Political?
19th Jan
6-8pm
LCF John Prince's Street
RHS West
Click here to find out more

 

Exploring 'failure' and 'success' workshop
19th Jan
10-1pm
LCF High Holborn
SU Office
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Yoga
19th Jan
6-8pm
Camberwell Wilson Road
Lecture Theatre
Click here to find out more

 

Self-care workshop for women of colour
23rd Jan
10-1pm
LCC T1007
Click here to find out more

 

Self-care workshop for black women
23rd Jan
2-5pm
LCC T1009
Click here to find out more

 

Exploring 'failure' and 'success' workshop
26th Jan
2-5pm
LCF High Holborn
214
Click here to book

 

Researching mindfully
24th Jan
10am-12.45pm
LCC
Archives and
Special Collections Centre
Click here to book

 

Yoga
27th Jan
6-8pm
CSM King's Cross
M207
Click here to find out more

 

Yoga
30th Jan
6-8pm
LCF Mare Street
MSA101
Click here to find out more

 

Arts Sisterhood art therapy workshop
31st Jan
6-8pm
Camberwell Peckham Road
Café
Click here to find out more

 

Mental health in
non-western cultures

6th Feb
5.30-7.30pm
Chelsea
Red Room
Click here to find out more

 

Film Screening and Q&A on
mental health in the black community

16th Feb
5-9pm
LCF High Holborn
G05
Click here to find out more

 

 

 

 

If you'd like to get involved or have any questions please email:

Welfare Officer, Scarlett Langdon: welfare@su.arts.ac.uk

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