University of the West of Scotland and the UWS Students’ Union have signed a new agreement aiming to help improve mental health across the UWS community.
Professor Jonathan Powles, Vice-Principal Learning, Teaching & Students at UWS, and Omoleye Awolaja, Vice-President of Welfare & Wellbeing at the UWS Students’ Union signed the Student Mental Health Agreement 2022-2023 on Monday 21st November 2022.
The agreement – part of the NUS Think Positive Student Mental Health Agreement Project - was developed in academic year 2021/22 by the Student Mental Health Advisory Panel – a group of UWS students with lived experience and awareness of mental health. The University and the UWS Students’ Union completed a mapping exercise to identify current preventative provision, current supportive provision, and any gaps in provision. Through the mapping exercise and the work of the advisory panel, the focus is on five key priority areas for the academic year 2022/2023. These priority areas are mental health promotion, campaigns and events, reducing barriers to seeking help and co-created communication on mental health and wellbeing.
Professor Jonathan Powles, said: “UWS and the Students’ Union view mental health through a ‘whole systems lens’ and believe all students and staff have a role to play in improving mental health. I was delighted to sign this agreement which is the culmination of a lot of hard from students and colleagues across the whole UWS community.”
Omoleye Awolaja, said: “I’m really pleased to sign this agreement today and I would like to thank the Student Mental Health Advisory Panel at UWS for their work on this agreement. I’m looking forward to continuing to work together with the University and our students to improve mental health for all.”
You can view the Student Mental Health Agreement 2022-2023 at https://www.uws.ac.uk/current-students/supporting-your-health-wellbeing/student-mental-health-agreement/