Showcase shines light on mental health issues

July 2016

UCB staff got a taste of student life when they took part in a day’s worth of workshops aimed at developing skills and supporting wellbeing.

Around 120 lecturers and support staff gathered at McIntyre House, the University’s purpose-built centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study, for the Teaching and Learning Showcase.

The packed programme was tailored to give delegates the opportunity to discuss a range of areas including mental health and wellbeing in education.  

Keynote speaker Chantelle Atkinson, from the Health Exchange, told the audience 50 per cent of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 and that one in four people will develop a mental health issue.

The Health Exchange, a Birmingham-based charity, works with UCB to support students’ mental and physical health and self-esteem. Speaking after the event Chantelle said: “I’m impressed mental health issues are on the agenda today. A lot of universities are starting to talk about it, but UCB has made it central to today’s programme.

“The students who I’ve met at UCB have been very willing to talk and share their feelings. Now I want them to use what they have learnt and pass it on.”

Dr Sarah Edwards, Acting Director of Teaching and Learning Enhancement at UCB, said: “What we are hoping is that staff will continue these conversations through their own professional networks and work with the Directorate further to share good practice.”

BA Events Management students Dean Pattison, Anna Levy and Jelena Gortan were among the student volunteers taking part. Dean, who manned the welcome desk, said: “It’s been really interesting. The biggest challenge has been keeping to time and making sure we’re on schedule.”