Time to Change: destigmatising Mental Health

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 28, 2016 09:55 AM |
We have signed a pledge committing to challenge the stigma faced by those with mental health issues.

The University of Leicester has committed itself to reducing the stigma surrounding mental health to develop a culture of acceptance and openness so that staff feel supported themselves and equipped to support students.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor signed a Time to Change pledge alongside the Students’ Union’s Wellbeing Officer Roisin Gallagher, Deputy Director of HR Emma Stevens and Equalities Adviser Humaa Noori on Wednesday 27 April. This follows the Students’ Union’s signing of a similar pledge in March.

Time to Change is a national campaign which aims to put mental health in the spotlight, and remove any negative connotations and discrimination that people with mental health issues may face.

The Time to Change pledge is just one part of our drive to create an environment of respect and dignity on campus, one which not only recognises, but proactively promotes equality and diversity in all areas.

We actively offer support for those dealing with the challenges of mental health, with our staff counselling and wellbeing team providing a range of confidential counselling and support services. We offer a mental wellbeing service for students, including confidential ‘Headspace’ drop-in sessions run alongside the Students’ Union throughout term-time alongside student-led ‘de-stress’ campaigns around the exam periods.

Professor Paul Boyle, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University said: “Good mental health is incredibly important to me personally but also to our entire University community. With well over 20,000 students and 4,000 staff it’s vital that we are able to support their wellbeing and challenge any stigma and discrimination that occurs.”

There are a whole host of resources available on the Time to Change website.

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