Mental Wealth First
At UWE Bristol, we know that the mental health and wellbeing of our university community is fundamentally important in enabling people to engage, perform and flourish. It is key to how our University feels as a place to learn and underpins the success of those who study and work here.
In December 2017, we pledged a commitment to make mental wealth - the health and wellbeing of our community - a strategic priority. This means that it will inform all of our strategies and operations. It will play a core part in shaping the University’s future as we look to define our path to 2030 for our students, staff and partners.
What we are doing
Our new Mental Wealth First strategy sets out how we will support students and staff with all areas of university life and looks at ways to make sure the experience is positive for them, providing an environment in which they are able to thrive. We also want people to know that it’s okay not to feel okay and make it easy for them to get the help they need, when they need it, in a way that suits them.
Services and support
We have more than 200 different services and activities at the University related to mental health and wellbeing. These services include workshops, counselling support and drop-in sessions. We offer a range of 24/7 support for students including an out of hours senior on-call support team, Nightline – a phone-based student-to-student support service, and Kooth Student – a free, anonymous, online platform offering advice and forums.
Students talk openly about their mental health experiences.
Courtney“I developed agoraphobia and would get really panicky about being in certain situations. The treatment that really helped me was almost like a kind of Reiki.”
Raha"I’d always been an anxious person but didn’t realise how bad it was until I came to university. I was living with 12 people and it was quite an overwhelming environment."
Jim“I’m fine now but when I was in the sixth form at school I developed body dysmorphia. As I got older I felt pressure to look a certain way, to be fit and have a six pack.”
Edie“There’s a lot of stigma around taking medication for mental illness, but I tried everything else and it wasn't enough.”