Healthy campus initiative
Not waving, but drowning...
In reference to the Stevie Smith poem (1953), we chose this title to highlight the disconnection between what we feel and what we express, as well as what we express and what other people hear; more than that, the even worse fate of waiting to speak our emotional and psychological needs until it's too late, an endemic phenomenon in our institution and Higher Education as a whole.
Is student mental health, wellbeing and emotionally literacy important to you?
Are you interested in helping the University support student mental health, wellbeing and emotional literacy in more effective, creative ways? If your answer is 'yes', then the Healthy Campus Initiative might be of interest to you, so please keep reading - the University needs your help!
NEW! Training workshops for staff and BAME discussion group for students - COMING UP IN 2019/20! For more information please check below.
What is the Healthy Campus Initiative?
The Healthy Campus Initiative is a project which aims to explore, identify and make recommendations on how we, as a university community (that is, students and staff), can address the increasing levels of student mental ill-health, wellbeing and emotional literacy challenges our university is, and many others are, currently facing. We are doing this in response to the sector-wide increase in mental ill-health prevalence and to the worryingly high numbers of students reporting wellbeing and emotional concerns. Students across the country are reporting more and more mental, emotional and general wellbeing challenges. The initiative will take the form of a number of workshops and discussion-based groups supporting staff and students respectively.
Why are the student and staff voices important?
We want the Healthy Campus Initiative to be as creative and inclusive as possible, and for this to happen, it needs diversity of opinion, diversity of experience, and student and staff representation. For this reason, we are seeking representation from each School, from staff from a broad-range of backgrounds and disciplines, and from you - our student body.
NEW! BAME discussion group (for students) - starting in November 2019
We are in the process of developing a group with the aim of giving voice to representative students of the BAME community of our University. We anticipate that engaging with the group will involve attending one 1.5hr meetings monthly until the end of the academic year 2019/20. As well as your time, and perhaps more importantly, volunteering will require your commitment. We want to know what you think and for you to contribute pro-actively to the groups' reflective and and decision-making process. We want to hear your voice and your perspective. It is unlikely that volunteering will require any work between meetings but we will be encouraging students to reflect further on the discussions and issues raised in the meetings, and bring any observations or ideas they have to the next session.
The events will be advertised shortly via Eventbrite!
What will the experience give me?
We hope that being part of the group will challenge you intellectually and emotionally. It will develop your ability to work effectively with a diverse range of people of our strong BAME student community on issues of social/cultural importance, and will improve your debating, reflective and group-working skills. Being part of the group will also offer you unique insight into how organisations structure working-group activity, and will hopefully give you greater knowledge on the subjects of student wellbeing, emotional literacy and mental health.
NEW! Training workshops (for staff) - starting in October 2019
The Counselling Service will offer a series of workshops, every four weeks from October 2019 - June 2020. Five topics will be covered this year and each workshop will be offered twice over the course of the year to enable as many staff as possible to attend each one. The first round of workshops will be held on Friday mornings from 9:30-11 am and the second round will be on Wednesday mornings at 9:30-11 am. The workshops will be open to all London Met staff.
Each workshop will start with a brief talk on a particular topic related to mental health, wellbeing, communication, and interpersonal relationships, followed by a facilitated discussion among participants on the topic, its relevance and implications. Participants will be encouraged to share their perspectives, learn from each other, and identify useful points to take away from each meeting.
Workshop dates (TO BOOK please click the links below):
18 October 2019 - Keeping the flame alive at work: Preventing burnout
15 November 2019 - Anxiety: Understanding our survival system
13 December 2019 - Authentic Communication and Assertiveness
10 January 2020 - Mood and depression
7 February 2020 - Stereotype threat: Implications for students and staff
Who do I contact for more information?
Contact the Counselling Service manager, Yannis Andreadakis, via email. Alternatively, you could call 0207 133 4512. If no one answers, please leave a message with your name, number and student ID, and we will return your call as soon as it is possible.