Sharing about the London Health & Wellbeing Network with the Mayor of London: World Mental Health Day 2019

Last year London Higher marked World Mental Health Day 2018 with the inaugural meeting of the London Health and Wellbeing Network, which connects senior leaders to advance health and wellbeing within London’s higher education institutions, addressing together strategic issues in health and wellbeing for both students and staff, including mental health and preventative support.

The network has grown considerably over the past twelve months, with representatives from across London Higher’s member institutions coming together to share best practice and consider collaborative approaches to work in this vital area of student and staff support.

To mark World Mental Health Day 2019, the network was pleased to be invited to participate in the Thrive LDN World Mental Health Day Festival, held at City Hall.  This sold out event was organised by the Mayor’s Peer Outreach Team, in partnership with Thrive LDN, as a young-Londoner led festival, with various events taking place during the day, including film screenings, creative workshops, presentations and panel discussions.

One of these film screenings was presented by network member Middlesex University, with students Zack and Henry showcasing their video “Stand Up, Not Man Up“.  We were thrilled that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, was able to join Zack and Henry to watch this important message, and speak with them after the screening to talk more about their work.  The Mayor also had the opportunity to learn from London Higher’s Amy Lightstone, Head of Strategy and Projects and lead on the London Health and Wellbeing Network, about how London’s HEIs are working collaboratively to strive for excellence in the mental health support made available to students in the capital.  Network member The Urdang Academy was also involved in the festival, delivering a meditation session to festival attendees.

For more information about the work of the London Health and Wellbeing Network, please contact Amy Lightstone.