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

We are working with Universities, Students’ Unions and Student Groups to create and deliver workshops by students, for students. These workshops cover topics from exam stress to LGBTQ+ mental health, to looking after your mental health as an international student. We combine proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with lived student experience to create workshops that matter.

What is Step Up at UCL?

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

UCL, Rethink and Students’ Union UCL are all working together to recruit, train and support students to take part in the programme.

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 our ‘mental health 101’ training which will cover things from stigma to disclosure to easy coping techniques. We also offer other training in facilitation and can help to build your confidence to become a workshop facilitator.

What commitment do you need from me?

You will need to attend a 4-hour afternoon workshop online, and then another afternoon of training to tailor the courses created by students last year to you and your experiences. After that, you will be invited to co-produce identity based workshops with students from other universities Rethink are working with - for instance, an LGBTQ+ student workshop, a Black student workshop or a Disabled student workshop.

The online workshops are currently scheduled for Tuesday 10 and Thursday 12 November.

Will 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?

Applications have now closed for this programme for 2020/21.