Staff Mental Health Champions


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Staff Mental Health Champions

The University of Bristol is taking part in Mind’s Mentally Healthy Universities pilot and has appointed 30 Staff Mental Health Champions to work on raising awareness and tackling the stigma surrounding mental health.

What is a Mental Health Champion?

A Mental Health Champion is any employee who takes action to raise awareness of mental health problems amongst staff, challenges mental health stigma, and provides peer support to colleagues. A Mental Health Champion is not expected to act as a counsellor or share their own experiences if they are not comfortable doing so.

Why do we need Champions?

We all have mental health just as we have physical health. We know that 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem in any given year. This includes university staff. The Education Support Partnership found that 32 per cent of higher education staff nationally have experienced a mental health problem in the past academic year.

Stigma is still an issue. The Equality Challenge Unit found that 38 per cent of university staff surveyed said they had not told colleagues about their mental health problems due to a fear they would be treated differently or thought less of. We hope that taking part in this programme will be just the beginning for staff who want to make a difference around mental health at work. We are looking for those who have the passion to create an environment where colleagues feel able to talk openly and receive support.

What do Champions do?

Staff Mental Health Champions raise awareness of mental health and make it part of normal conversation. They do this in lots of different ways. Every activity, no matter how big or small, contributes to our collective goal of tackling stigma, such as organising an event or starting a conversation about mental health within teams. Have a chat with your local champion to find out more about what they are doing in their local area.

Applications are closed

Applications are now closed for round 3 of the Staff Mental Health Champion initiative with Mind. Applications will be shortlisted the week commencing 26 July 2021. We are expecting a high number of applications and so will not be able to accept all applicants onto the programme.


Your Staff Mental Health Champions: 


Hub 1
Alma Neu Campus Business Management and Support, Badock Hall  
Ashton Vaughan Capital Projects, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Carolina Dominguez Burgues Campus Business Management and Support, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Hannah Parsons Capital Development, 1-9 Old Park Hill
Mel Page Residential Life, Clifton Hill House Student Support Centre
Stephen Smith Security Services, Royal Fort Lodge


Hub 2

Brian Carter School of Accounting and Finance2 Priory Road
Byron Tibbitts School of Policy Studies, 8 Priory Road
Dionne Burton School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences Building
Emily Bell School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building
Keith Beasley School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies11 Priory Road
Peter Watson School of Geographical Sciences, Geography


Hub 3

Carlos Sebastian Ayala Bristol Veterinary School, Dolberry Building
Louisa Slingsby Bristol Veterinary School, Langford
Nicola Rooney Bristol Veterinary School, Langford Campus


Hub 4

Caroline Jarrett Faculty of Science, Royal Fort House
Claudia Hildebrandt School of Earth SciencesWills Memorial Building
Jorge Ojeda Gomez Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Sciences Building
Stuart Bellamy School of Geographical Sciences and the School of Earth Sciences, Wills Memorial Building, Inner Court Labs & Geography Buildings


Hub 5

Angela Hague Bristol Dental School, Bristol Dental School
Chris Williams School of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Building
Dave Lawson School of Biological Sciences, Life Sciences Building
Fanny Monteiro School of Geographical Sciences, Geography
Kathy Purdy School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Building
Katie Cross School of Geographical Sciences, Geography
Paul Chadderton School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience Biomedical Sciences Building
Philip Naylor IT Services, Chemistry School


Hub 6

Corinna Chandler Bristol Medical School, Canynge Hall
Gemma Ford Bristol Medical School, Dorothy Hodgekin Building
Louis Macgregor Bristol Medical School, Oakfield House
Lucy Collingwood Bristol Medical School, Biomedical Sciences Building
Sara Sulaiman School of Anatomy, 32 Southwell Street
Samantha de Jesus Bristol Medical School, B.R.I. Phase One Building
Stephen Palmer Bristol Medical School, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Simon Reynolds IT Services, Canynge Hall


Hub 7

Anisha Nijhawan Department of Civil Engineering, Queens Building
Jez Stein Library Services, Arts and Social Sciences Library
Joel Ross Department of Mechanical Engineering, Queens Building
Kate Bowden School of Civil, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Queens Building
Molly Williams Sport, Exercise and Health, Tyndall Avenue
Robert Schultz-Graham Faculty of Engineering, Engineering Faculty Office
Sai Priya Munagala Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Merchant Venturers Building
Sarah Roberts School of Chemistry, Chermistry School


Hub 8

Clare Young Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Cathedral Square
John Halliwell Research and Enterprise Development, 1 Cathedral Square
Jon Tilley Human Resources, Augustine's Courtyard
Rebekah Linzey-Jones Development and Alumni Relations, 1 Cathedral Square
Surekha Agarwal Research and Enterprise Development, 1 Cathedral Square


Hub 9

Hazel Newton Centre for Academic Language and Development, Richmond Building
Jill Walsh School of Arts, 43 Woodland Road
John Foot School of Modern Languages, 17 Woodland Road
Kathryn Pintus Faculty of Arts, 7 Woodland Road
Simon Brownhill School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square
Victoria Newton Centre for Academic Language and Development, Richmond Building


Hub 10

Nikki Kooner-Ramm Strategic Programmes and Projects, Augustine's Courtyard
Matt Cothier Admissions, 31 Great George Street
Sadie Drummond Education Services, 31 Great George Street
Sarah Marshall Governance, Beacon House