AWARD WINNERS 2014
We are really delighted to be able to announce the winners of the 2014 Student Minds Awards and to share with you some of our volunteers' many achievements over the past year. Read on below to find out more about our award winners and some of their highlights of the year...
- Group of the year 2013/2014: For the student group that has delivered the most successful or innovative initiatives to support student mental health and wellbeing.
- Award for effective campaigning 2013/2014: For the Student Minds group that has delivered the strongest, most impactful or most creative campaign on their campus.
- Award for effective peer support 2013/2014: For the peer support programme that can illustrate success in promoting their service, delivering safe sessions and receiving positive feedback.
- Best event 2013/2014: For the peer support programme or campaign group that delivered the most successful or creative event relating to student wellbeing.
- Best fundraiser 2013/2014: For the peer support programme or campaign group that delivered the most successful or creative fundraising activity (perhaps in partnership with other groups) to raise money for the national charity, Student Minds.
WESTMINSTER STUDENT MINDS - STUDENT MINDS GROUP OF THE YEAR
This year's winner of the 'Student Minds Group Of the Year' award is the UWSU Student Minds Society, in recognition of their fantastic work in engaging the whole university community, from academics and student support staff to the volunteer department, student media and the wider student body.
The team have been working tirelessly to increase mental health awareness and improve student wellbeing on campus, organising a wide range of events, from talks and debates to social events and fundraisers. Alongside these activities they have worked hard to engage student media in talking about mental health by having their own section of the student newspaper and creating a mental health awareness ad with the Student Union TV team.
Looking towards their long term impact, the society has continued campaigning to encourage the introduction of a specific mental health and wellbeing strategy involving several different actions to improve support and awareness on campus.
To round off a successful year, the team organised the very first University of Westminster Student Mental Health Symposium, bringing together students, lecturers and student support services for a night of fascinating talks about mental health issues and research in the field, as well as talks about the range of support services that are available to students.
We'd like to congratulate all of the volunteers for their fantastic achievements! To find out more, you can follow the society on Facebook and Twitter.
AWARD FOR EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGNING 2013/14
AWARD FOR EFFECTIVE PEER SUPPORT 2013/14
BEST EVENT 2013/14
BEST FUNDRAISE 2013/14
HIGHLY COMMENDED GROUPS
- Hallam Head Space - for their innovative 'don't think about an orange zebra' campaign for OCD Awareness Week.
- Keele Student Minds - for their close collaboration with the university counselling service and Student Union, and for their commitment and enthusiasm in putting together a brilliant programme of events for Depression Awareness Week.
- Leeds Mind Matters - for their strategic approach in thinking about the future of mental health promotion in Leeds, consulting with staff and students to put together a clear action plan to accompany the signing of the Time To Change pledge.
- Sheffield Mental Health Matters - for working creatively with the university to advertise the services available to students by filming a video featuring the society's mascot, Binky - keep an eye out for their video coming soon!
- Southampton Student Minds - for their 'Look After Your Mate' campaign launch during Wellbeing Week, which had a significant reach within the student body and was featured in the Wessex Scene.
- Student Minds Cardiff - for organising a fantastic range of events throughout the year to reach out to students on campus.
- Student Minds St Andrews - for their work on establishing links with local professionals and engaging a wide range of student societies in their events.
- Sunderland Thinking Ahead - for building up a great partnership with university and Student Union staff and for liaising with their local Healthwatch to work alongside them on community campaigns.