Comments from the Chair of the London Health and Wellbeing Network, Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice Chancellor & President, University of Westminster, on University Mental Health Day:
Today is University Mental Health Day. Across the University of Westminster campuses, throughout higher education institutions in London and around the country there are lectures, events, displays, discussion sessions, meditation classes and so much more. These plans have been made so that our students and colleagues feel more comfortable and supported on all elements of mental health and wellbeing. It is vital that all of our students and colleagues to know that it is more than OK to put up their hands if support for their mental health is required; that the cultures within our universities are responsible, compassionate and supportive; and that universities are places where everyone can bring their whole-selves to work or study, without leaving any of themselves behind. With confidence in the knowledge that it is and feels safe to do so.
Our London Higher Health and Wellbeing Network is supported by more than 30 HEIs who are working together to ensure that we all bring the very best practice to all those people associated with our universities. This is a positive movement for change.
Let’s keep up and build our momentum and please do come and join us if you have not already done so.
I hope that you are able to engage in the activities being run at your institution today to help grow further our collective force to make this change as good as it can be.
For more information about the London Health and Wellbeing Network, please contact Lucy Lyus.