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Mental Health Champions are trained UQ students and staff members who can provide support and referral information about mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Champions lead the creation of a culture that promotes and encourages a respectful, destigmatising and supportive approach to the proactive management of mental health and wellbeing. They are staff and students who have:

  • an interest in promoting early identification, referral and help-seeking behaviour for mental health concerns
  • a commitment to increasing awareness of UQ and external mental health services 
  • a desire to get involved with mental health and wellbeing events and initiatives 
  • the ability to listen with sensitivity and without judgement. 

You can ask Mental Health Champions about:

  • support services provided by UQ and external organisations
  • events and initiatives
  • ways to promote mental health and wellbeing.

Mental Health Champions will:

  • keep up to date with UQ and external mental health support services
  • refer staff and students to mental health support services as needed
  • be discreet and respect the privacy of people seeking support and information
  • maintain a commitment to understanding and promoting mental health and wellbeing
  • update the University about potential barriers or ways to benefit mental health and wellbeing
  • participate in regular Community of Practice sessions for networking and training
  • raise awareness on campus about initiatives, events, services and ways to promote mental health
  • act as a role model by encouraging a culture that respects diversity, values inclusiveness and reduces stigma and discrimination.

Mental Health Champions will not:

  • act as a counsellor or emergency service
  • engage in advocacy on behalf of an individual
  • undertake mediation or investigation.

Students can count participation as a Mental Health Champion towards the UQ Employability Award as either a volunteering or supplementary activity. 

Before you apply

To be eligible to become a Mental Health Champion, you need to:

You must also attend a one hour Mental Health Champions Network introductory session (login required).

If you're a staff member, you should speak to your supervisor or manager before applying. This is a voluntary role that's performed in addition to your normal duties.

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion

If you meet the eligiblity criteria, email the Mental Health Champion Network coordination team at mentalhealth@uq.edu.au to apply. Include the following information in your email:

  • whether you are a student or staff member
  • your area of study or work
  • primary campus
  • phone number
  • the date you completed the Mental Health Champions Network introductory session
  • a copy of your mental health first aid training certificate (or mental health practice certification documents).

Once you've been accepted into the Mental Health Champions Network, your name, campus and email address will be added to the list of Mental Health Champions. 

If you have any questions about the Mental Health Champions Network, or how to apply, email mentalhealth@uq.edu.au.

Mental health first aid training

Free mental health first aid training is available at all UQ campuses for staff and students interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion.

Staff

Staff must attend a 2-day in-person workshop over consecutive or non-consecutive days. For more information, including available dates and times: 

Register for staff MHFA training

Students

Students can choose from the following training options:

  • attend a 2-day in-person workshop over consecutive or non-consecutive days
  • complete eLearning training online and attend a half-day workshop in person. 

For more information, including available dates and times:  

Register for student MHFA training (login required)

Mental Health Champions are 'mental health first aid' trained UQ students and staff members who can provide confidential, non-discriminatory support and referral information about mental health and wellbeing. 

Search our network of Champions to find a contact that can answer your questions:

Staff

Aileen Alexander
Student Services
St Lucia
a.alexander@uq.edu.au

Sarah Bundy
UQ Sport
Gatton
sarahbundy@uqsport.com.au

Jacqui Dean
Health, Safety & Wellness
St Lucia
jacqui.dean@uq.edu.au

Kelly Edwards
Student Services
St Lucia
kelly.edwards@uq.edu.au

Ashleigh Huddy
Student Services
St Lucia
a.huddy@uq.edu.au

Helen Lambe
UQ Business School
St Lucia
h.lambe@business.uq.edu.au

Diana McCluskey
School of Political Science and International Studies
St Lucia
d.mccluskey@uq.edu.au

Vicki McNabb
Health, Safety & Wellness
St Lucia
v.mcnabb@uq.edu.au

Mey Orchard
Student Services
St Lucia
mey.orchard@uq.edu.au

Clare Tarlington
Student Services
St Lucia
c.tarlington2@uq.edu.au

Dave Wells
Student Services
St Lucia
d.wells@uq.edu.au

Students

Bianca op den Brouw
PhD Student in Toxinology, researching the bioactivity and evolution of viper venoms
St Lucia
b.opdenbrouw@uq.edu.au

Gabbii Starr
School of Dentistry
Herston
g.starr@uq.edu.au