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Running a mental health drop in ran by students will increase the provision of support for mental health and peer support Which will be needed due to the changes to counselling services. This will give other students the chance to increase their skills, knowledge and experience for their future careers

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The SU should offer a mental health drop in ran by students for students

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This Idea opened on 6 Sep 2018 and closed on 20 Sep 2018. 

16 students voted on this Idea, giving a score of +15.

  • 3 Oct 2018: The Community Officer has taken up this Idea and will be doing research on the feasibility of offering this service. We'll give further updates before 18 Oct 2018.
  • 7 Nov 2018: The Community Officer is looking at whether we can offer this service through Student Minds. We'll give further updates on the progress of this Idea by 28 Nov 2018.
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Adam Southall
12:05pm on 10 Jan 19 This Idea is complete. Comments are closed.
Adam Southall
9:10am on 21 Sep 18 This Idea for Change has closed, but comments are still open for discussion on the progress of this Idea.
Jade Francis
9:10am on 7 Sep 18 Firstly, students will be trained intensely in order to provide a service like this. Also there will be fellow staff members, such as the advice and support team, well@wolves and University drop in services thst students can signpost other students too, safeguarding of student voulnteers will be one of the main priorities. It does mentioned in the expansion of this it will basically be add to peer support provision but specifically for health and well-being. As it is peer support I am sure it will be advertised what student volunteers can actually do to support students and will definitely be limited due to them not being professionally accredited and not having experience. They will mos likely be there to basically be a listening ear and a friendly face when students need it. Which is important as there can be a 6-12 week waiting list for counselling services in the University and NHS. Just to reply to Aida's comment about you don't know if it would be healthy to have students under the same pressures to run the service. I have personally been told by members of the new mental health practictioners at the University has told me to utilse these individuals as they can be a real support to other individuals, this is evident with the small student support and wellbeing group that worked really well last year as it was students with shared experience supporting eachother. This is going to be ran by a student society this year. Just to add it is a volunteering system so if students do not feel equipt to cope with these pressures they do not have volunteer or withdraw at any time equally if students do not want to use this service they do not have to use it, it is entirely up to the individual and what they feel comfortable doing. Just to add we are advertised as a University for opportunities so if individuals that want to volunteer have suffered/suffering from health and well-being issues, it is our job to still provide them the opportunity to volunteer, especially by giving them adequate training and support to every volunteer in order to run this service. Peer to peer support system for individuals to gain companionship and speak freely is already set up in the form of a mental health society called Mind Muffins (anyone reading this that believes this society would benefit them, feel free to join them all these details in the society section). Just to reiterate, I think the main purpose of this service is to increase support for students. But also to give a chance to students that want to work in health and well-being the chance to gain the skills, knowledge, and experience they need. For example psychology students struggle to find work experience so this I've been told would be a good way for those students to gain suitable experience in the field. Other Unions/University already have methods in place such as nightline, students' mind peer support groups and mental health drop ins ran by students' for students so it is not uncommon for a service like this to be set up in the SU.
Connor Levers
4:39pm on 6 Sep 18 Mental health advice really should only be provided by those who are properly qualified.
Favour Ngene
2:57pm on 6 Sep 18 I don't think it would be healthy having students who may be under the same pressures or mental circumstances as their peers to offer mental health support. What may be worth considering would be a peer to peer support system? (maybe an avenue where you can talk freely with other students and gain companionship (which is support in its own right) but actual mental health support? I'm not sold...yet.
Laura Birkett
2:51pm on 6 Sep 18 how is this possible unless training has been received, and that's a lot to ask if a student is suicidal or having suicidal thoughts. Should be a qualified individual in my opinion