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Proposed actions

Success measures / timescales


Progress update

Mental Health Awareness Week 10-16 May 2021 and 9-15 May 2022  

(Short Term) 

Find out any current plans and mental health activities across all departments. 

MPLS to run a series of Mental Health Awareness Week events in 2021. 

Set up “online suggestion box” to collect ideas from others in MPLS – as part of the ED&I Knowledge Hub. 

For deciding: Each department runs Mental Health Awareness Week events (either separately or coordinating with other departments or the division) in 2022. 

Successful and engaging programme of activity in both 2021 and 2022.  

MHAW activities successfully completed for May 2021. 

Working group and volunteers to decide on and organise the MH Awareness Week events. 

Should rolling events throughout the year be introduced? Could fall into Events Working Group remit. 

MHAW activities complete for 2021 – will feed into potential University-wide events for 2022, but retain divisional events 

[Updated Sept 21] Successful delivery of MHAW in May 2021 with good engagement. Planning for 2022 will commence in MT21.  

Mental Health First Aiders

(Short Term) 

Working group to consider a divisional approach to Mental Health First Aiders across MPLS. 

Gather information to better understand what departments are currently doing (including processes, take-up, lessons learned and impact). 

Develop approach to ensure that trained first aiders are supported (providing supervision and/or opportunities to connect with other first aiders), and the work is monitored and evaluated.  

Evaluate the take-up, impact and effectiveness of this approach, and determine the sufficient number of first aiders for each department depending on size. Aim to have these additional first aiders in place by Trinity 2022. 

Minimum of 2 mental health first aiders (or equivalent role) per MPLS department by December 2021. 

Number of mental health first aiders per department should probably be based on size of department. Cast in terms of number of first aiders per number of staff in department. Gather evidence from current first aiders of capacity and need. 

Consider how the Peer Support programme in MSD (supported by Student Welfare Support Services) could work in MPLS. 

[Updated Dec 21] First Divisional cohort completed training in September 2021.