The Student Experience
We spoke to fashion communications grad Rosa Kimosa, who shared her experience of anxiety as a student, reflecting on the potential triggers, the support she received and her observations from becoming a mental health advocate and confidant to fellow students.
The Tutor Approach
In our conversation with Brighton tutor Jasper Goodall, he explained why he chose to take matters into his own hands and train as a counsellor to provide extra support for his students. He describes his journey to making the decision, and how his training has helped.
The University Approach
Steve West is both the vice-chancellor of the University of the West of England as well as chair of Universities UK’s Mental Health in Higher Education Working Group. Steve told us about his work to overhaul mental health strategies in universities and UWE’s Mental Wealth programme.
The Student-led Approach
Nottingham student Camilla Babbage is a facilitator for charity Student Minds’ Positive Minds peer support programme. Camilla told us how the initiative has created safe, confidential spaces, and why she feels peer-to-peer connection and advice is particularly effective.
The Tech Approach
Fika is a digital mental-education provider and app, currently in use in over 28 UK universities. Having attracted more than 17,000 users since launching last year, we talk to co-founder Nick Bennett about the founding principles and its findings so far; and, from a university perspective, Bath Spa senior lecturer and Fika user Victoria Opara tells us how it’s been adopted so far.