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Step Up: University is a two-year (2018-2020) coproduction project funded by The City Bridge Trust and run by Rethink Mental Illness. The project aims to improve university student mental health across the City of London.

We are working with Universities, Students’ Unions and Student Groups to create and deliver workshops by students, for students. These workshops cover topics from exam stress to LGBTQ+ mental health, to looking after your mental health as a student parent. We combine proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with lived student experience to create workshops that matter.

What is Step Up at UCL?

Step up is a project that aims to improve student mental health across the city of London. The aim is to work with students to co-produce create engaging and meaningful workshops to teach other students about mental health.

UCL, Rethink and Students’ Union UCL are all working together to recruit, train and support students to take part in the programme.

What is co-production?

In the case of this project, co-production means that the workshops are created by students about topics that you care about. You will work alongside Rethink who will offer training, advice, guidance and resources to help you build a set of workshops that you are confident to deliver to your peers.

Do I have to deliver workshops to be involved? 

At UCL champions will be given the option to become peer support volunteers. These volunteers will run weekly 2-hour drop-in sessions where students can come and talk to them about anything they want to. Volunteers aren’t mental health professions, but they are trained to listen and support.

What training do I get?

You will receive our ‘mental health 101’ training which will cover things from stigma to disclosure to easy coping techniques. Those who also want to be peer supporters will attend an additional workshop, and there will be facilitation training along the way too.

What commitment do you need from me?

You will need to attend a 4-hour afternoon workshop on either Wednesday 23rd October or Tuesday 29th October. Ideally, we would want you to come to a full co-production day at Rethink and after that, it’s up to you. You will get paid if you deliver the workshops, and not if you don’t!

For those who are part of the peer support scheme, you will need to volunteer for about 2 hours a fortnight.

Will I get paid?

You won’t get paid for attending the training or the co-production day, but if you go on to deliver workshops you will be paid a flat rate of around £50 per workshop. Peer support volunteers won’t be paid.

How do I get involved?

Thank you for your interest in the programme. Unfortunately applications closed at 5pm on Monday 14th October, but please keep an eye on this page for updates and activities.