Blog: Mental Health Training

Wednesday 10 October was a significant day for the SU as we marked World Mental Health Day. Not only that, in collaboration with RHUL Mental Health Network, I delivered the first mental health training session, designed by myself and VP Welfare and Diversity, Willow Wong.

The training was delivered to members of the Student Opportunities and Equalities Councils, who were the first students on campus to receive the training, and feedback their opinions and views. This covered how they thought the training went, if anything could be improved, and if it was pitched at the right level for the audience we want to roll the training out to.

The training focuses on understanding and being able to spot symptoms of a variety of mental health conditions, gives information about how best to signpost when on and off campus, and just as importantly, how to look after yourself in order to ensure that you are able to better look after those around you.

We had overwhelmingly positive responses, with the student representatives leaving the room feeling more informed on a variety of mental health conditions, but also feeling more confident in being about to help a society member, friend, or family member facing a mental health issue.

What Happens Next?

I am now in the final stages of tweaking the presentation before delivering to student groups, which will hopefully be within the next couple of weeks! Keep your eyes peeled for more information about signing up to a session coming your way, and thank you all for the overwhelming amount of support you have shown to Willow and myself throughout this campaign.

Holly Hughes // Vice President Societies & Media