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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:

St Lucia campus

Staff

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


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.


Stefenni Bourne
stefenni.bourne@uq.edu.au


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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.


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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.


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Becky Cole
Student Services
b.cole@uq.edu.au

I’m a Volunteer Coordinator for Student Services. As someone who has a lived experience of anxiety and depression, you can count on me for an empathetic ear and a space where you can just “be”. I value honesty and being true to yourself in spite of what life throws at you.


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




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Mathew Ebden
Student Services
m.ebden@uq.edu.au

I work as a Mental Health Projects Coordinator in Student Services, working across all campuses. I want to be able to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff at UQ whether it be by assisting those experiencing mental distress or by promoting the many ways we can improve our mental health, satisfaction and success at UQ.

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


Kelly Edwards
Student Services
kelly.edwards@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.


Marlies Hankel
m.hankel@uq.edu.au


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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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Fanny Lombard
IMB
f.lombard@imb.uq.edu.au

I’m the Floor Manager at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience. I have always had a keen interest in psychology and mental wellbeing. With a history of mental illness in my family, mental health is an issue very close to my heart. This is why I’m a Mental Health Champion.


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Selina Lucy
Student Services
s.lucy@uq.edu.au

I work have worked closely with international students and in student wellbeing throughout my career. I am multicultural and consider myself a ‘third culture kid’ who loves understanding people with different and shared experiences to mine. 

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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(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.


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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.


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


Amelia Moyes
a.moyes@uq.net.au


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Ime (Mey) Orchard
Student Services
mey.orchard@uq.edu.au

I’m a Mentoring Coordinator at Student Services. My experience has given me insight into mental health problems facing students. I value the opportunity to provide support and understand the positive impact it can have, which is why I’m a Mental Health Champion.


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Lucia Palacios
Student Centre
l.palacios@uq.edu.au

I'm a casual staff member at the Student Centre, helping staff and students with any difficulties that they experience at UQ. Through my roles I have gained empathy for people who struggle with mental health, and I hope to provide support and awareness.

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


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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.


Chloe-Rose Quinn
chloerose.quinn@uq.edu.au


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Emma Rowlings-Jensen
ICTE
e.rowlingsjensen@icte.uq.edu.au

As a Program Engagement Officer at ICTE, I’m responsible for looking into strategies and initiatives that can improve international student health and wellbeing. I’m passionate about diversity and inclusion, and personal and professional development.

As well as a Mental Health Champion, I’m also a Discrimination and Harassment Contact Officer.


Lynda Schevellar
l.shevellar@uq.edu.au


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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.


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.


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
BEL Student Experience Team
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.


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.


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


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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.

Students

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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.


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

I am currently a PhD student at UQ. I have lived in the UK, Spain, and the Netherlands, and have experience in dealing with issues surrounding substance abuse.


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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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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.


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Grace Fitzallen
PhD student in Clinical Psychology
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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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.


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


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.


Natasha Mutombe
n.mutombe@uq.net.au


Eng Boon Tan
engboon.tan@uq.net.au


Xin Hui Tan
xin.tan6@uq.net.au


Khushi Tanna
k.tanna@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. 


Gatton campus

Staff

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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
a.covill@uq.edu.au


Debra Laws
d.laws@uq.edu.au


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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.


Jessica Maher
j.maher1@uq.net.au


Rebekah Scotney
rebekah.scotney@uq.edu.au


Rohan Segal
r.segal@uq.edu.au


Gabii Starr
g.starr@uq.edu.au


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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 campus

Students

Melina Gautschi
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au


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Alma Viviana Silva Guerrero
PhD student, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
a.silvaguerrero@uq.net.au

I’m a remote PhD candidate and Casual Academic Tutor at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. I am also a mother of a 16-month old baby.


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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.


Mikaela Ward
m.gautschi@uq.edu.au


Other UQ campuses and sites

Staff

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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
Toowoomba Rural Health
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.

Students

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Kireina Amira Nurulizzah
Master 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”.


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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).