Mental Health Champions Network

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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. 

Interested in becoming a Mental Health Champion? Click on the relevant link below to understand the training requirements and get started on your application.

Staff

Applying to be a staff champion

Before you apply

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

To enrol in the pre-requisite training, register through the Staff Development web page. 
 

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion

If you meet the eligiblity criteria, email the Mental Health Champion Network coordination team at staffmentalhealthchampions@uq.edu.au to apply.

Include the following information in your email:

  • whether you are staff and/ or student
  • your area of work
  • primary campus
  • the date you completed the Mental Health Champions Network introductory session
  • a copy of your mental health first aid training certificate.
  • an email with your Managers endorsement for you to become a Champion. 

You will be advised once your application has been successful and your name, campus and email address will be added to the list of Mental Health Champions on the Mental Health Champions Network website.  

If you have any questions about the Mental Health Champions Network, or how to apply, email staffmentalhealthchampions@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. A two-day in-person workshop must be attended over consecurtive or non-consecutive days. For more information, including available dates and times, please take a look at the applicable links below:

Staff MHFA training

Students

Applying to be a student champion

Before you apply

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

Apply to become a Mental Health Champion

Once you have completed the eligibility requirements contact mentalhealth@uq.edu.au to apply. You will need to include the following information in your email. Please note that we are unable to process your application without all of the required information:

  • a copy of your mental health first aid training certificate
  • the date you completed the Mental Health Champions Network introductory session
  • a photo and blurb, telling us a little about yourself. If you need some inspiration, take a look at the 'Find a Champion' page
  • area of study
  • primary campus
  • contact details (email is fine)

Once processed, and you have been accepted into the MHCN, your name, campus and email address, as well as your photo and bio, will all be added to the Mental Health Champions website. A variety of volunteer opportunities will also be made available to you in partnership with UQ Volunteering, and you will have an open invitation to our monthly Community of Practice sessions

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. A two-day in-person workshop must be attended over consecurtive or non-consecutive days. For more information, including available dates, times and locations, please take a look at the applicable links below:

Student MHFA training

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

St Lucia campus

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


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Larry Auld
Library & IT
l.auld@library.uq.edu.au

I work in IT in the Library, and I have experience in supporting mental health as a unionist (former delegate), with friends and family, and particularly in the LGBTQ+ community (of which I'm a part). I have a lived experience of mental health issues, and want to help if I can.


Carrie Beddis
c.beddis@uq.edu.au


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Belinda Bern
Graduate School
b.bern@uq.edu.au

I’m the Director of the Graduate School, leading a team who supports research training at UQ. I work with HDR students and staff across all UQ campuses.


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Emily Burrows
UQ Sport
EmilyB@uqsport.com.au

I work in the Elite Athlete Program, supporting eligible elite athletes as they manage their studies and high level sport. I have a background in Psychology and Counselling. I believe the MHC Network is a great initiative that helps demonstrate the therapeutic role of connectedness. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally.


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Jo Cherriman
EAIT
j.cherriman@uq.edu.au

I work in the Advancement Team for the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and IT. I’m an advocate for supporting mental health and wellbeing. I have seen the benefits that bringing community together can bring and want to play a part in supporting those who are having difficulties with their mental health.


Tess Dobinson
Graduate School
t.dobinson@uq.edu.au


Chelse Dunne
chelse.dunne@uq.edu.au

I am the HR Relationship Manager for the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences Professional Services team.  As part of my role I provide support to staff who have mental ill-health and work with others to our make our workplace more mentally healthy for everyone.


 


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


Katie Farley
School of Business
k.farley@business.uq.edu.au

I work in the Business School as the School Manager and am interested in supporting our UQ community to be healthy, safe and well.


James Fraser
St Lucia
j.fraser5@uq.edu.au

I am a Research Facility Coordinator in the School of Biomedical Sciences. My experience as both a PhD student and staff member has really driven home the importance of kind, empathetic and supportive mental health and wellbeing advocates on campus. I want to do what I can to assist in this capacity. As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ First Responder. 


Jackie Fuller
HASS
j.fuller@uq.edu.au

I work as an Employability Project Officer in the HASS Student Futures Team. My role focuses on providing students with opportunities to connect with others both professionally and socially to build their self and career confidence. I would like all students to feel part of a safe and inclusive community.


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Andrew Gardner
School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work
andrew.gardner@uq.edu.au

I’m a mental health nurse, educator and researcher with the school of Nursing Midwifery and Social Work. I have been working in the area of mental health for many years specialising in child and adolescent mental health, acute care and community mental health programs.


Melina Gautschi
Human Resource Advisor, HR Professional Services, Institutes
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au


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Jackie Gonzalez
UQ Union
jackie.gonzalez@uqu.com.au

I work at UQ Union Student Advocacy and Support, advocating for students in all dealings with the University and providing student support in welfare and employment matters. After seeing the effects mental health issues can have on students and their studies, I was keen to become a Mental Health Champion.


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Julita Greda-Tomaszewska
EAIT
j.greda@uq.edu.au

I would like all students and staff to feel like they are a part of an inclusive community that cares, supports and relies on each other. I actively promote wellness programs, mental health and wellbeing activities in my unit and work to create a safe space where people feel supported.


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Morgan Hodgson
Student Services
uqmhodg3@uq.edu.au

I’m studying Psychology and I work at Student Services. I joined the MHC Network to help ensure staff and students with mental health issues have a contact they can speak to confidentially and receive referral information to assist with their recovery.


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Ashleigh Huddy
Student Affairs
a.huddy@uq.edu.au

I work as a Student Experience Coordinator within Student Affairs at UQ. My role focuses on providing opportunities to enhance a student’s experience at university, and providing mental health education awareness and support is an important part in my responsibilities. 


Nancy Lachner
n.lachner@uq.edu.au


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Helen Lambe
School of Business
h.lambe@business.uq.edu.au

My role at UQ is the Executive Coordinator to the Dean and Head of School of the Business. I’ve always valued helping people who find themselves in difficult situations, which is why I’m a UQ Mental Health Champion.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer


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Diana McCluskey
School of Policital Science and International Studies
d.mccluskey@uq.edu.au

As a Manager in the Graduate Centre in the School Of Political Science and International Studies, I work with our wonderful postgraduate students. I assist them in finding the support they need from the fabulous student support team.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I’m part of the UQ First Responder network.

 


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Barry Oliver
School of Policital Science and International Studies
B.Oliver@uq.edu.au

I am an Associate Professor in finance in the UQ Business School. I am passionate about mental health, particular that of academics but everyone else. Getting on top of mental health issues early is a good way to improve your life and your work.

 


Uzma Saeed
Student Employability Centre
u.saeed@uq.edu.au

I work as a Student Financial Support Officer at the Student Employability Centre, and am happy to help promote mental health support and awareness.


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Lynda Shevellar
l.shevellar@uq.edu.au

I’m a lecturer and community mental health researcher in the School of Social Science. I have a strong interest in the wellbeing of students and staff at UQ, and the broader community. I’m keen to assist people in connecting to the support they need.

As well as a Mental Health Champion, I’m a UQ Ally, First Responder, Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer, and Equity and Diversity Support Officer.


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Ingrid Smith
Student Services
ingrid.smith@uq.edu.au

I work for Student Services as a Learning Adviser. I believe all people, especially our wonderful students, should be acknowledged, supported and heard. I’d like to help bring students and staff together to reduce isolation and the impact of mental health concerns.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer, Lifeline Volunteer Crisis Supporter and Student Counsellor in the Drug ARM Family Support Program.


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Heather Stewart
HASS
heather.stewart@uq.edu.au

I'm a Teaching, Learning and Research Academic with HASS. I completed my Mental Health First Aid Certificate at UQ in late 2019 and am available to support students seeking guidance on where to seek mental health support.


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

My role at UQ is Service Support Coordinator in the Student Services. Outside of work, my husband and I have two teenage children and two beautiful puppies. I’ve always had a keen interest in mental health and completed my Bachelor of Science (Psychology).

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and UQPN.


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Navvii Tharmalingam
Business School Executive Education
n.lingam@uq.edu.au

My Psychology background, personal and professional experience have built my passion for supporting others. As a former international student, I understand the many challenges international students face. I am actively engaged in the BEL Mental Health and Wellness Working Group, and hope to support those in need to my utmost ability.


Sharon Todhunter
Human Resources, St Lucia
sharon.todhunter@uq.edu.au

I'm dedicated to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of staff and have experience supporting others with mental and physical health conditions at work. I'm happy to listen and provide information about many of the mental health support services available at UQ.


Kate Tucker
UQ Finance - Business, Economics and Law (BEL)
kate.tucker@uq.edu.au

I work as a Management Accountant for the BEL Faculty Finance Professional Services Team. I value the opportunity to provide help and support to people who are experiencing mental health issues. I really enjoy being able to show empathy and kindness to people who are facing difficult or stressful situations. As well as being a UQ Mental Health Champion, I am also a UQ First Responder supporting survivors of sexual assault and misconduct within the UQ community.


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Niru Tyagi
Workplace Health and Safety
niru.tyagi@uq.net.au

I work as a Workplace Health and Safety Coordinator in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences. It’s important that those who are having difficulties receive early intervention and support. In this, I want to support the UQ community.


Vinu Verghis
v.verghis@uq.edu.au


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Tori Wallace
HASS
v.wallace@uq.edu.au 

I work in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Student Administration Team. As a dual Canadian/Australian citizen, I connect with immigrant families and the difficulties of settling into a new culture and life. I hope to pass on the help that was given to me when I needed it most.


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Kristian Wheelehen
UQ Union
kristian.wheelehen@uqu.com.au

I work as a Welfare & Wellbeing and Employment Advocate at UQ Union. I believe it’s important to break down the stigma and myths associated with mental health issues, while promoting knowledge, empowerment and support for those that may be struggling.


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Joanna Willimott
Medicine
j.willimott@uq.edu.au

I currently work as a Financial Services Coordinator for the Faculty of Medicine Professional Service team. I am passionate about helping others and am particularly empathetic with others who are going through difficult times or are in distress.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a qualified Standard Mental Health First Aider.

Gatton campus

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Sarah Bundy
UQ Sport
sarahbundy@uqsport.com.au

I’m the Manager for UQ Sport. I emigrated from the UK in 2006 and understand the feelings and difficulties that international students and staff may face, including isolation, bullying and discrimination. I also have family members who have lived with mental health difficulties, which drives me to help those struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.


Anne Covill
UQ VETS, School of Veterinary Science
a.covill@uq.edu.au

I’m Operations Manager of the UQ VETS Hospitals. I have a passion for promoting a safe, supportive and inclusive workplace for staff and students (and ex battery hen chickens). With a history of experience with mental health issues in my family and with friends, I feel privileged to be in a position where I can guide and support someone in need.


Courtney Stewart
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
c.stewart5@uq.edu.au

I’m the Production Animal Service nurse in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital on the UQ Gatton Campus. I have a lived experience of mental health, which has given me the empathy to support others and lend a listening ear.


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Debra Laws
UQ Vets, Clinical Studies Centre
d.laws@uq.edu.au

I have worked with students for over 28 years, and I am a mother of two children. I have seen many different levels of anxiety and stress. I am very approachable and understanding for anyone that needs support. Especially those with mental health concerns.


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Scott Lennon
P&F
s.lennon@uq.edu.au

I am a Client Facility Manager for P&F. I believe in the power of active listening, and I think something as simple as an open, unbiased conversation can help gain a little clarity or give direction. The UQ Mental Health Champions Network can help start that conversation, and that’s something I wanted to be a part of.

 


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Oriana Marchetti
Veterinary Clinic
o.marchetti@uq.edu.au

I am a veterinarian at UQ Vets. Vet life is full of many challenges and making our mental health a priority in this exhausting and busy lifestyle is something we truly need to embrace. If you need an empathetic person to talk to about the challenges you’re facing, I am here for a chat.


Rebekah Scotney
rebekah.scotney@uq.edu.au


Rohan Segal
Facilities Officer, ODGC
r.segal@uq.edu.au

I’ve worked in a variety of countries, cultures and environments over many years, in many parts of the world. I have a strong interest in supporting those that identify with mental health issues, and I treat all people with dignity and respect.

 


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Mariki Visser
UQ Veterinary Teaching Hospital
m.visser1@uq.edu.au

I am the General Manager of the UQ VETS Teaching Hospital. I have extensive experience in private and corporate general management with proven success in building high preforming teams, and I know that successful teams are made up of happy individuals.

Herston


Jenyl Brady
Faculty of Medicine, Herston
jenyl.brady@uq.edu.au

I’m passionate about my role as an Occupational Health Safety Officer working within the OHS Team for the Faculty of Medicine. As a MH Champion my focus is to promote good mental health & wellbeing in the workplace, dispel myths, and make it easier for people to seek support. I’m here waiting to listen and provide assistance to help you find the support you need.


Lisa Dingwall 
UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston
l.dingwall@uq.edu.au

I am very aware of the impact of the many mental health challenges we all face. I am the EA to the Director of UQ Centre for Clinical Research and I fell that as a Mental Health Champion I can help to promote UQ’s support for good mental health & wellbeing.


Lyle McMillian
UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston
l.mcmillen@uq.edu.au

I am a Floor Manager at UQ Centre for Clinical Research, and have become passionate about the mental health challenges faced in a University environment after seeing the struggles a number of my colleagues and friends have experienced in a range of workplaces.  I hope being a Mental Health Champion will provide an accessible and supportive ally to members of our diverse UQ community who need a helping hand. 


Cindy Tan
UQ Centre for Clinical Research, Herston
s.tan5@uq.edu.au

I am a floor manager at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research. As a former international student and now a staff member of the University, I’ve encountered a range of mental health issues experienced by friends and fellow colleagues. I hope that as a Mental Health Champion, I can contribute to UQ’s ongoing efforts to ensure that our staff and students’ wellbeing are adequately supported.


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Alex Wailan
UQCCR, Herston 
a.wailan@uq.edu.au

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow at UQCCR. I have a strong interest in promoting practices that boost mental health (especially in academia) and cultivating a high-performing social environment that supports molecular microbiology & genomic scientists.

 

Other UQ campuses and sites


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Jessica Ineson
TRI
j.ineson@uq.edu.au

I’m a Safety and Compliance Officer at Translational Research Institute. I am a UQ Mental Health Champion because I have experienced firsthand the challenges associated with workplace stress and postnatal depression. I want others to know that it’s ok to ask for help, and that there is someone available to listen and help them get back on their feet.

 

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Dayle Osborn
Southern Qld Rural Health, Toowoomba
d.osborn@uq.edu.au

I’m working as a Clinical Educator Mental Health Nursing & Nursing with Southern Queensland Rural Health.  I work to support undergraduate students in their clinical placements. Although hailing from Brisbane I have been working in rural areas across Queensland for the last 28 years and I am passionate about rural health.


Roxana Paterson

Roxana Paterson
UQ Colleges – Grace College
r.paterson@grace.uq.edu.au

I’m the Deputy Principal of Grace College on campus. Grace is a community of female students who are often living away from home for the first time while dealing with the pressures of university. I am passionate about providing our residents with a supportive environment where they have someone to talk to about anything they need.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a UQ Ally and a member of the First Responder Network.


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Flora Rolf
Southern Qld Rural Health, Charleville
f.rolf@uq.edu.au

I’m a Nurse Educator with SQRH in Charleville. I’m a general and mental health nurse who is passionate about supporting people experiencing mental health challenges. I take a keen interest in promoting mental wellbeing for people from all walks of life, particularly in the LGBQTI community.


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Ginny Snoswell
Southern Qld Rural Health, Toowoomba
v.snoswell@uq.edu.au

I’m a Physiotherapy Clinical Educator based in Toowoomba at Southern Queensland Rural Health. I am a UQ Meantl Health Champion because I understand that sometimes when things seem hard, it can take just a little time with someone walking beside you to find your way through. 

 


Students

St Lucia campus

 

 


Anastassia Demeshko
Herston

a.demeshko@uq.net.au

I am a domestic student studying a Master’s in Public Health and tutor at UQ. I also completed my Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours) degree at UQ, so I know my way around campus a fair bit. I recognise that the university experience is different for everyone, where at times, students may encounter various difficulties; whether they be academic or personal. I strongly believe that a support system is vital in these times! For this reason, I am passionate about creating an inclusive environment, supporting others that may be struggling with their mental health and wellbeing, and am up always up for a chat.


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Armira Azuar
PhD student in SCMB
armira.azuar@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a second year PhD candidate and a student representative for SCMB Research Student Advisory Group and SCMB Research Committee. I understand the difficulties, pressure and stress that come with balancing responsibilities as a student. I am interested in assisting others that may struggle with mental health and wellbeing.


Ohnmar Aung
St Lucia
o.aung@uq.net.au

 


Vassa Mustikahati
St Lucia
v.mustikahati@uq.net.au

 

 


Kara Jaeschke
Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, Wacol
kara.jaeschke@uqconnect.edu.au
I am a PhD candidate in the field of mental health policy and epidemiology. I have a lived experience of mental illness, which allows me to empathise with those suffering with mental health issues


Lucia Lee
St Lucia
lucia.lee@uq.net.au


Mikaela Ward
St Lucia
Mikaela.ward@uqconnect.edu.au
I'm currently studying my second undergraduate degree in Clinical Exercise Physiology (after completing a Bachelor of Music), and am also a member of the LGBT+ community. As someone who has experienced mental health struggles personally and through supporting my friends, I am passionate about helping people navigate the rough patches.


Ally Bennett
Midwifery, St Lucia
alicia.brown1@uq.net.au

I am a Bachelor of Midwifery student and previously completed degrees at UQ in Business, Arts and Commerce. Studying and learning can be difficult and daunting for some people at times. I believe that mental health is a foundation for wellbeing and that sometimes a little kindness and encouragement can mean a lot!


Holly Bowman
Psychological Science
h.bowman@uq.edu.au

I am a third-year undergraduate student undertaking a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and adore spending time with individuals and making them feel heard, supported and appreciated. I am super passionate about all things mental health and am always ready to go with a hug and an ear to listen. Alongside being apart of the Mental Health Champions Network, I enjoy volunteering at Headspace, Taringa as part of the Youth Reference Group that support young people aged 12-25. Reach out to me anytime!


Janani Welgama
St Lucia
j.welgama@uq.net.au
I am current a student and in my third year of studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). My primary campus is St Lucia.


Erin Carroll
St Lucia
em.carroll@uq.net.au

I am a current domestic student at the university, studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). I am currently in my final year before proceeding to my honours year. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to eb able to have someone listen to them and have access to resources if they need them.


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Shrika Charbhe 
Masters of Counselling
s.charbhe@uq.net.au

Hi! I'm an international student in the Master of Counselling programme at UQ. I completed my Bachelor's in Psychology from India and am very driven to work in the field of mental health. Anxiety, stress and low mood are quite common among uni students and so I am here to help and support you in your journey towards wellbeing.


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Mugdha (Meera) Amol Chavan
Undergraduate, Economics and Finance
m.chavan@uq.net.au

I’m an international student studying international economics and finance. Originally from Western coast of India, I’m familiar with how difficult it can be to adjust to new environment.  I’m always there to listen and be supportive.


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Jolene Yuan Ru Chia
Undergraduate, Psychology
joleneyuanru.chia@uq.net.au

I’m an international student from Singapore studying a Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Honours). I believe that everyone should have access to support regarding mental health, and it’s important to me that everyone has a person they feel they can talk to.


Jia Min Chua
Occupational Therapy
jiamin.chua@uq.net.au


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Amelia Crisp
s4320494@student.uq.edu

During my time as a student, I was diagnosed with a number of health disorders. I live with an Assistance Dog and know what it is like to have an invisible disability. I am passionate about supporting people who are experiencing mental health issues.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am the Student Representative for the UQ Diversity and Inclusion Group and a Member of the UQ Abilities Collective.


Jennifer Day
Psychology
jennifer.day@uq.net.au


Tyson Etri
Student Centre, Psychology
tyson.etri@uqconnect.edu.au
Studying Psychology/Philosophy, avid Frasier fan, occasional hiker and frequent traveller, lover of good books, good food and good chats.  If you need to talk, I'm listening. I also volunteer as a Lifeline Crisis Supporter, am involved as a HASS Student Partner and work casually at the UQ Student Centre.


Gisele Mendes Faria​
Psychology, St Lucia
g.mendesfaria@uq.net.au​
I'm a psychology student from Brazil who is very passionate about fighting the stigma surrounding mental health. I'm here to listen and to show you're not alone.


Mandy Gabler
Student Services, Education
mandy.gabler@uqconnect.edu.au


Anastasia Georgiou
Physics & Public Policy, St Lucia
a.georgiou@uq.net.au

I am a Bachelor of Science/Arts student in the areas of physics and public policy. Mental health has been critically important to me in terms of supporting friends and family, and I believe it’s crucial to have open dialogues about it. I’ve been told I’m to good to talk to, and you can pop me an email whenever on whatever for a listening ear or information on support that’s available to you.


Dorcas Simin Gui
Occupational Therapy


Shaun Hayes
PhD in Psychology
shaun.hayes@uq.net.au


Kwan Hoong Chan
Master of Counselling, St Lucia
chankwanhoong@gmail.com

Hello, my name is Kwan Hoong, you can call me Kwan for short. I am from Malaysia, currently studying a Master of Counselling in UQ, doing my placement in Drug ARM, and playing minesweeper. Let me know if you'd like to connect. I'm up for a chat and listen to your story over a cup of tea.


Kevin Huang
Psychology
kevin.huang@uq.net.au


Kei Khalessi-Rad
Undergraduate, Psychology

I’m a psychology student who is deeply passionate about promoting mental health. Coming from a culturally diverse background (half Japanese and Persian), I believe I’m able to particularly empathise with those experiencing stigma from mental health issues due to cultural reasons.


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Ryan Kidd
PhD student
ryan.kidd@uqconnect.edu.au

I am a UQ PhD candidate and tutor and completed my undergraduate studies at UQ. I believe all students deserve support and recognition through what can be an extraordinarily stressful and isolating experience.


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Germaine Lai
Undergraduate, School of Psychology
germaine.lai@uq.net.au

I’m a full-time Psychological Science student at UQ and in my free time, you may find me looking for new coffee beans or having some "me-time". I enjoy a good laugh and interacting with people from all walks of life. I would also like to remind you that no matter what you are experiencing right now, you’re not alone.


Hui Ru Janne Lam
Occupational Therapy
hui.lam@uq.net.au


Esther Kay Ying Lim
estherkayying.lim@uq.net.au

Hi there! I am Esther, currently studying Speech Pathology in UQ. Being an international student and having undergone some of the difficulties moving far away from home, I especially identify with fellow international students who have come to UQ to study. Primarily, having close friends and family members who have experienced mental health difficulties drew me towards wanting to be a part of this positive network of mental health champions, so that I am able to connect with anyone in need of a listening ear to my best abilities.


Jingya Liu

Jingya Liu
jingya.liu@uq.net.au

I am an international student at UQ.  My experiences have resulted in being a very open person towards cultural diversity and respect.  Complementing my choice of study is my passion for helping others.


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Jessica Maher
Psychology
j.maher1@uq.net.au

I’m a third year undergraduate studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I’m an empathetic person who loves listening to others and providing them with support during difficult times.


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(Mallory) Huiying Mao
Student Services
mallory.mao@uq.edu.au

I am a Master of Social Work Studies student currently completing my placement at UQ Student Services. I’m from China, and I would like to play a part in reaching out to the UQ Chinese student community to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. I would also like to to increase awareness of UQ and external mental health services.


Natasha Mutombe
n.mutombe@uq.net.au


Tanja Newman
Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Hons), St Lucia
tanja.newman@uqconnect.edu.au

I am currently studying a Bachelor's degree in Speech Pathology. In my spare time, you can find me taking a mindful walk, sipping some bean juice, or cuddling ALL OF THE FLUFFY ANIMALS. I have a lived experience with mental illness and am passionate about helping others to navigate the unique variety of challenges that come with the University experience. Everyone deserves a safe and supportive environment in which they can be heard - please let me know if you feel up for a chat!


Adrian Oliver
Pharmacy
adrian.oliver@uqconnect.edu.au


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Taisha Paterson
Undergraduate, Music
taisha.patersonburr@uqconnect.edu.au

I'm a current UQ student studying a Bachelor of Music, majoring in classical voice. I also work with the Student Relations Network. I would love to see a more open dialogue around mental health, and am keen to ensure other students feel valued and supported. 


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Adrienne Parker
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
adriennejaneparker@gmail.com

I’m originally from America but have lived in Australia for over a decade. I’m currently studying nursing at UQ. I have previously studied linguistics, agroecology, and French. My interests include dance of a variety of styles, cooking, baking and wellbeing.


Tvisha Sahni
St Lucia
t.sahni@uq.net.au

I am studying Exercise and Nutrition Science and I am interested in Psychology. I would love to help support our UQ community.


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Fiona Stanley
Psychology (honours), St Lucia
fstanley@uqconnect.edu.au

I'm passionate about promoting mental health and helping others. I moved to Brisbane from NSW for uni so I can relate to many student struggles that come with navigating a new environment. I'm available for a friendly chat with anyone who needs that little bit of extra support.


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Eng Boon Tan
Undergraduate, Speech Pathology
engboon.tan@uq.net.au

Most people here in Australia know me by ‘Boon’. I would love to have a chat and hope that I can offer a listening ear to anyone who needs it.


Jodi Tan
Psychology
jodi.tan@uqconnect.edu.au

 


Khushi Tanna
k.tanna@uq.net.au


Ai Lin Teoh
Occupational Therapy
ai.teoh@uq.net.au


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Eleanor Vincent
Undergraduate, School of Psychology
e.vincent@uqconnect.edu.au 

I’m a third year undergraduate currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours). I have always loved supporting people and taking the time to foster relationships and listen to individual experiences which is why I have elected to be a Mental Health Champion for UQ.

As well as being a Mental Health Champion, I am a member of the Student Advisory Group within the school of Psychology. 


Michelle Woolley
Psychology
michelle.woolley@uqconnect.edu.au

Gatton campus

Danielle Prescott
Vet Science

Herston campus

Carla Del Carpio Aranibar 
Herston
c.delcarpioaranibar@uqconnect.edu.au 

My name is Carla and I am a Postgraduate student at The School of Public Health. I am passionate about social justice, climate change effects on human health and mental health wellbeing. I am a friendly and sociable person, please do not hesitate in contacting me if you need a chat. Area of Study: Masters of Public Health


Micaela Dear
Phd in Dentistry
m.dear@uq.net.au


Melina Gautschi
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au


Amelia Moyes
Psychology
a.moyes@uq.net.au


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Chelsea Muscat
Postgraduate, School of Public Health
c.muscat@uq.net.au

I'm a postgrad student in the School of Public Health. I'm passionate about wellbeing in my personal and professional life. I chose to become a UQ Mental Health because I love supporting others to be well, too.


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Srinivas Sulugodu Ramachandra
PhD student, School of Dentistry
s.sulugoduramachandra@uq.net.au

I’m a PhD student from School of Dentistry. I am accredited in the Mental Health First Aid course which I found to be interesting and has provided me with the skills to be of support to other students and raise awareness about mental health issues.


Gabbii Starr
Dentistry
g.starr@uq.edu.au


Mikaela Ward
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au

Other UQ campuses and sites

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Micaela “Mia” Dear
m.dear@uq.net.au

I love travelling and photography, and spend all my money on one or the other. My favourite TV show is The Office (US).


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Grace Fitzallen
PhD student in Clinical Psychology – Mater Research Institute
grace.fitzallen@uq.net.au

I am a PhD student in the field of clinical psychology and also an academic tutor in the School of Psychology. Promoting mental health is very important to me, which is why I’m a UQ Mental Health Champion.


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Kireina Amira Nurulizzah
Mater Research Institute
k.nurulizzah@uqconnect.edu.au

My role at UQ is a student in the School of Psychology. I've always believed that what may be considered a small problem for others can be a big problem for someone who’s experiencing it. As Ronald Reagan said, "We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone”.


Interested in joining the Community of Practice Program? This will provide you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support through monthly learning and networking sessions. 

Staff

Community of Practice for staff

All Mental Health Champions are invited to join the Community of Practice Program. This provides you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support through monthly learning and networking sessions.

Each session will focus on building competency and confidence, with guest speakers on topics relevant to mental health. The aim is to provide a safe and supportive space to:

  • share tips and evidence-based best practice
  • lead the implementation of mental health initiatives
  • share experiences and wisdom
  • discuss information gathering and UQ trends
  • participate in skill building activities such as effective listening and role playing.

View the 2020 Community of Practice Program schedule (UQ login required)

Student

Community of practice for students

Mental Health Champions are invited to join the student Community of Practice Program. The monthly learning and networking sessions will provide you with opportunities to further develop your knowledge and skills in mental health support, contribute your ideas for health and wellbeing campaigns, participate in events and initiatives that promote mental health, as well as connect with your peers in the Champion network. 
 
Each session will focus on building competency and confidence, with guest speakers on topics relevant to mental health. The aim is to provide a safe and supportive space to:

  • share tips and evidence-based best practice
  • lead the implementation of mental health initiatives
  • share experiences and wisdom
  • discuss information gathering and UQ trends
  • participate in skill building activities such as effective listening and role playing.

 View the Semester 2, 2020 Community of Practice Program