Mental Wealth First: our commitment to putting mental health and wellbeing first

Mental Wealth First

Mental Wealth First – our commitment to put mental health and wellbeing first for students and staff.

Mental wealth is about developing positive mental wellbeing in individuals and communities, and raising awareness of mental health issues. Our new Mental Wealth First commitment means that mental health and wellbeing will become a strategic priority for the University, embedded in everything we do. It will enable us to join up our existing provision, identify the gaps and be truly aspirational in our ambitions.

Individuals who look after their own mental wealth are more able to cope with personal and work or study-related challenges and stress. As well as ensuring we have the right systems, training and partnerships in place to support our students and staff, we want everyone to be able to:

  • develop emotional resilience
  • recognise the signs of mental health issues
  • know techniques for self-care
  • have an understanding of what support is available for them and for others.

Next steps

We will be working alongside Universities UK (UUK) and Student Minds UK (the UK’s leading student mental health charity) to take a national leading role in driving UUK’s Step Change Framework. Locally, we are also working with colleagues and partners to play a role in the approach to mental health and wellbeing across Bristol.

Over the next few months, we will be conducting an audit of current mental health and wellbeing services and support across the whole university. We will then use this to develop a detailed strategy and initial five-year action plan for the University. The strategy and evidence collected will be provided to UUK to help other universities with their approach.

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