Goldman Sachs and Mind have announced a £1.5 million partnership to provide mental health support in Universities. In the first partnership of its kind, the Mentally Healthy Universities programme will reach over 6,000 students and staff at 10 Universities in its first two years. Lancashire Mind are excited that our partnership with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has been selected as one of ten local Mind and university partnerships that will deliver the programme.
The programme will provide support and specialist training to equip university communities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to support their own mental health and that of others. The programme is being funded by a significant group of Goldman Sachs partners in Europe, through the Goldman Sachs Gives programme, who have committed £1.5 million in initial funding with an intention to scale over time.
We will be testing a range of interventions within UCLan during the 2020/21 academic year. Students will have the opportunity to have sessions on mental health awareness, resilience, and transitioning into the workplace, while staff will be supported to set up a network of mental health champions and provide peer support to their colleagues. National Mind will also work with UCLan as employers, to help them meet the Thriving at Work standards.
More information will be added to the Lancashire Mind website in 2020, for now you can read more about the partnership on the national Mind website at https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/working-with-universities/