Mental Health Equality Officer

Elliot Porter Hi. I’m Elliot and I’m a fourth year Philosophy student. If elected, I hope to work closely with the Disabilities Officer and VPSS to represent the mental health and wellbeing interests of all students, the particular interests of students with mental health issues, and to raise awareness on campus both of mental wellbeing […]

Elliot Porter

Elliot PorterHi.

I’m Elliot and I’m a fourth year Philosophy student.

If elected, I hope to work closely with the Disabilities Officer and VPSS to represent the mental health and wellbeing interests of all students, the particular interests of students with mental health issues, and to raise awareness on campus both of mental wellbeing issues, and the support available.

I intend to:

  • Raise awareness on the nature of mental ill-health, and tackle stigma.
  • Work with the GUSA welfare officer to advise all students of good self-care and lifestyle practice.
  • raise awareness of what support is available through CAPS, GUSA, GUMW and other bodies.
  • work with Philip Quinn to ensure CAPS is being run as effectively as possible
  • provide direct representation of students registered with CAPS on university committees, with a view to the creation of a Mental Health/Wellbeing committee.
  • encourage colleges to find pastoral care solutions that are effective to their specific needs, and provide mental health first aid and awareness training to chief advisors.
  • work with GUSA and GUMW to support Starfish and the creation of similar peer support programs.
  • through the SRC, facilitate Mental Health First Aid and Awareness training to board members of both unions and student societies.