Oxford Brookes partners with Mind for new mental health programme

Monday, 07 October 2019

World Mental Health Day 2019

Ahead of World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10 October), it has been announced that students and staff at Oxford Brookes will receive training from the charity Mind to further support mental health initiatives at the University.

Oxfordshire Mind will receive around £50,000 in funding for the project as part of a partnership between Mind and Goldman Sachs, which is providing £1.5m for mental health support at universities.

In the first partnership of its kind, the Mentally Healthy Universities programme will reach over 6,000 students and staff at 10 Universities in its first two years. 

Oxford Brookes already offers a wide range of wellbeing services and employs qualified staff to help support positive mental health. The pilot programme will target specific groups, reach more underrepresented students and embed activities across the University. 

The training delivered by Oxfordshire Mind at Oxford Brookes will be implemented during the 2020/21 academic year.

Chris Tuck, Deputy Director of Academic and Student Administration for Student Services at Oxford Brookes, commented: “Oxford Brookes is committed to supporting the mental health of its students and staff and we look forward to the opportunity to partner with Mind for this exciting new pilot programme. The University already has links with Oxfordshire Mind and is keen to develop these so that students and staff can benefit from enhanced support.

“The programme will help to provide staff and students with the skills and knowledge to proactively manage their mental health. It will deliver opportunities to discover new approaches for prevention and early interventions which will benefit our student body, staff and institution as a whole.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind, said: “This timely opportunity allows us to deliver a programme that responds to the needs of university communities, building on good practice within the sector, to ensure everyone with a mental health problem receives support and respect.”

Oxford Brookes and Brookes Union are hosting events across its campuses this week to raise awareness of the support and advice available for mental health. 

The University is also hosting a talk on World Mental Health Day entitled Loneliness: its impact on health and wellbeing. Taking place from 5.30pm to 7.00pm on Thursday 10 October in the Garden Room of the Buckley Building on the Headington Campus, the event is free and open to all - book your place via the University's Events pages.

Further information on Oxford Brookes’ Wellbeing service can be found on the University’s website.