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Since its launch in 2016, our Heads Up campaign has been hugely successful with even more to come this year.

This year Aatikah, our Welfare and International Officer has lots of great things lined up for Heads Up in 2019/20.

One of Aatikah’s  main objectives is to build on the Heads Up campaign:

  1. Continue to provide space and activities which destigmatise mental health. 
  2. Work with UCL on developing a Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Strategy.
  3. Lobby UCL to ensure student psychological and counselling support is funded to meet the demands of students.  
  4. Stronger zero tolerance on sexual harassment in both the Union and University campus
  5. Stronger personal tutoring systems and mental health training
  6. Permanent nap rooms and productive use of new space

What we’ve learnt so far

One of the campaign’s key achievements in 2016/17 was the report Heads Up: Reporting on Mental Health (summary version | full version) and the arising recommendations. These recommendations are leading the direction of the next stage of the campaign. 

It is clear that mental health is somewhat of a taboo amongst many groups, and together, we aim to remove this taboo from campus. We will be running a series of events that will tackle the stigma around mental health. You can find out information about all of these events on Facebook

Get involved

If you’d like to get more involved, email You can also follow us on Facebook.

Let’s talk mental health together!

Heads Up’s History

January 2017: Petition to increase the provision of mental health services at UCL

This petition sends a strong message to UCL’s management - that mental health is a serious issue among our students and we need

February 2017: TeamUCL Clubs go Blonde for MIND 

A variety of TeamUCL sports clubs hit the bleach in exchange for sponsorship that will go to MIND mental health charity in conjunction with our Heads Up campaign. 

November 2018: We have finally secured £140k in additional mental health support at UCL

The long-awaited additional funding has finally been confirmed by Antony Smith, this additional funding will ensure students get quicker access to psychological and counselling support when they need it, reducing waiting times.