Step-Up: Universities with Rethink Mental Illness

We are currently recruiting student facilitators to deliver mental health workshops as part of the Step-Up: University project run by Rethink Mental Illness.

Step Up: University is a four-year (2018-2022) co-produced project funded by The City Bridge Trust and run by Rethink Mental Illness. The project aims to improve student mental health across London.

By working with Universities, Students’ Unions and student groups, Rethink create and deliver workshops by students, for students. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, they have teamed up with Students’ Unions to deliver student-led ‘coping with the pandemic’ mental health workshops.


What is Step-Up?

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


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.


What training do I get?

You will receive ‘mental health 101’ training which will cover things from stigma to disclosure to easy coping techniques. You will also be offered additional training in facilitation that can help to build your confidence to become a workshop facilitator.

There are two mental health 101 training sessions taking place (you only need to attend one session) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 24th March, 4-8pm
  • Thursday 25th March, 4-8pm


What commitment do you need from me?

You will need to attend a 4-hour afternoon workshop online, and then a co-production / facilitation workshop that will run for about 2 hours. After that, it’s up to you. Along with the Students’ Union and your fellow facilitators, you will set up your own workshops.


Do 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.


How do I get involved?

To get involved, fill out the application form by Monday 22 March.


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