Mental Health Equality Officer

Zak Hussain Hi, I’m Zak, a second year Aeronautical Engineering student running for Mental Health Equality Officer. Having battled with depression and anxiety for the past 3 years, I know first-hand the challenges that those with mental health disorders face in their university, home and personal life. I have been subjected to significant stigma as […]

Zak Hussain

PhotoHi, I’m Zak, a second year Aeronautical Engineering student running for Mental Health Equality Officer. Having battled with depression and anxiety for the past 3 years, I know first-hand the challenges that those with mental health disorders face in their university, home and personal life. I have been subjected to significant stigma as well as having undergone different treatment options and therapies. It frustrates me that in this day and age, many treat mental illness as something to be ashamed or embarrassed about and having such an illness makes you “crazy” or a “freak”. As Mental Health Equality Officer I will:
• Ensure new and current students are aware of the support available both on and off campus
• Raise awareness to directly tackle the stigma surrounding mental health disorders and educating people on the symptoms and impacts they have on people’s lives
• Fight for an increase in funding in the university’s mental health budget as the current psychiatric service is far too oversubscribed
I am a diligent and hard worker and will ensure that my time on the council will be used to make a noticeable difference.

Kirsten Muat

IMG_1753Hi, I’m Kirsten and I’m a first year Politics and Philosophy student. I’ve sat on council for the past year, working on my manifesto promises. During this last year I’ve gained experience and insight into how the SRC and university operate that I’ll use to represent you to the full.
If elected, I’ll:
• Push for a quiet space on campus that those suffering can use to get a break from the noise and pressures of everyday life.
• Promote the services that already available such as pastoral care, night line, and support groups. There’s a wealth of support out there for people suffering from mental illness but it’s not well known. Only by advertising these services will they be used to the full.
• Work to promote awareness of mental illness and to get rid of the stigma and make it easier for others to spot those who are suffering from mental illnesses.
• Where possible bring in a peer support programme. These are already in some schools and they’re proven to be a great success and source of support.

Vote Kirsten Muat for your Mental Health Equality Officer!

Elliot Porter

ElliotMy name is Elliot Porter and I’m standing for Re-election as Mental Health Equality Officer.

This year has seen the University make a concerted effort to improve Mental Health service provision. I will build on that progress by:
– capitalising on improvements in CAPS,
– increasing the MHEO’ campaigning role,
– lobby for preventative policies within the Uni.

The Counselling Service:

  1. Lobby the University to centrally fund the Peer Support Program.
  2. Continue to pressure for additional staff funds for the Counselling Service.

Campaigns:

  1. Take advantage of the relationships I’ve forged with Mental Health Charities across the UK: bringing in their speakers and joining their nationwide campaign efforts.
  2. Assist Student Societies’ campaigning efforts, and provide contact with nationwide Mental Health campaigns.
  3. Promote discussion of mental illness, via discussion events and public information efforts, to reduce misconceptions around mental illness, and to make students more comfortable discussing their own experiences.

Preventative Policy:

  1. Provide Self-Care advice packages to all incoming students, particularly those in halls, on how to manage the significant change in lifestyle.
  2. Guidelines for all student societies on proper use of Content Warnings, and how to foster discussion and dissent whilst maintaining a Safe Space.