The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust: Strategically Supporting Student Mental Health in Universities and Colleges
Michael Priestley, SMaRteN Student Team member 2018/2019
This blog was originally delivered as a short talk at The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Information Evening 2019.
In this blog, I aim to synthesise my different perspectives on student mental health and wellbeing in order to shine a light on some of the great work that the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust are currently delivering to support students at universities and colleges. I am 1.) A current student, with lived experience of mental health difficulties; 2.) A student mental health researcher, both through my PhD and as a member of the SMaRteN student research team; and 3.) A student involvement coordinator and student representative on the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust Universities and College Advisory Board.
From my different perspectives, I see three key priorities for continuing to improve student mental health going forward.
Against this backdrop, I want to outline the value of the Trust’s three main dimensions of work in universities and colleges.
Ultimately, as a student with lived experience of mental health difficulties, I am delighted to have the opportunity to be involved with the Trust as it works strategically to improve student mental health and wellbeing in universities and colleges as part of a whole institution approach. My role and input with the Trust on resources, training and recruitment stands as a testament to its commitment to valuing, representing and engaging the student voice in the work that they do. Visit the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust website or follow along on twitter to find out more.
By Michael Priestley, SMaRteN Student Team member 2018/2019
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