Mental Health Champions are trained UQ students and staff members who can answer questions about mental health and wellbeing. 

From early 2019, students and staff will be able to ask Mental Health Champions about: 

  • support services provided by UQ and external organisations
  • events and initiatives. 

Mental Health Champions don't provide counselling and emergency support services, but they can help you find available services. 

If you're a UQ student or staff member who wants to promote mental health and wellbeing in the UQ community, you can volunteer to become a Mental Health Champion. 

Students can count participation towards the UQ Employability Award as either a Volunteering or Supplementary activity. 

Who we're looking for 

We are looking for students and staff who have:

  • an interest in promoting a culture of early identification, subsequent 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. 

How to become a Mental Health Champion

If you are a staff member, you should speak to your supervisor or manager about your interest in becoming a Mental Health Champion. It's a voluntary role that's performed in addition to your normal duties.

You can then contact the program coordinator to register your interest and get approval to proceed with the required training.

If you are a student, contact the program coordinator to register your interest and get approval to proceed with the required training. 

If you get approval to participate, you will need to:

  • complete both modules of the EO Online training
  • be an accredited Mental Health First Aider by completing Mental Health First Aid training (and refresher training as required)
  • complete the Mental Health Champions training course.

Selected participants will then be invited to apply to be a Mental Health Champion.

To keep being a Mental Health Champion, you'll need to complete the refresher training at least once a year.

What Mental Health Champions do

The role of Mental Health Champions is to:

  • provide a first point of contact for UQ students and staff with questions about mental health and wellbeing
  • raise awareness on campus about initiatives, events and support services.

Mental Health Champions will help lead the creation of a culture that promotes positive mental health and wellbeing maintenance at UQ. They wil be role models for a respectful, destigmatising and supportive approach to encouraging proactive management of mental health and wellbeing by students and staff. 

Mental Health Champions will:

  • Maintain a commitment to, and understanding of, mental health and wellbeing
  • Keep up to date with UQ and external support services for mental health, and update the Network when you learn about new events and initiatives 
  • Provide accurate information and appropriately refer matters as required
  • Be discreet and respect the privacy of people seeking information
  • Act as a role model to other staff and to students by their own behaviour
  • Actively engage in promoting a culture of early identification, subsequent referral and help-seeking behaviour for mental health concerns
  • Provide feedback to the University about areas you identify as barriers or unhelpful in promoting positive mental health and wellbeing

Mental Health Champions will not:

  • Engage in advocacy on behalf of an individual
  • Undertake mediation or investigation
  • Act as a counsellor or emergency service