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UEL alumna launches campaign to raise awareness of mental health in HE

A UEL alumna was so upset by the mental health problems experienced by some fellow university students that she has launched a national campaign entitled Raise Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education (RAMHHE).

Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi graduated from the University of East London (UEL) with an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion in 2015.

She is now a registered mental health nurse and a first-year PhD student, being the recipient of a prestigious Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) grant.

Josephine began the RAMHHE campaign as a labour of love alongside her PhD research to remove the stigma around mental ill health in higher education.

The campaign had its official launch at a conference in Nottingham last week which brought together academics, students, mental health experts and service providers to discuss perceptions of mental health and recovery.

In her Institute of Mental Health (IMH) blog, Josephine explained: “My passion to Raise Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education began from my interaction with students who had experiences of mental ill-health.

“It broke my heart to watch, listen and hear them cry. They cried and I cried because there was very little that I could do at the time.

“Soon after, I started the Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education campaign.

“Nothing was more important than to host an event on mental health in higher education - an event that brought a diverse group of people together to dialogue on the issue of mental health in higher education.”

To promote her campaign, Josephine has produced a RAMHHE postcard so people can show their support by posting a selfie of themselves while holding it. It can be downloaded here.  

Josephine has also stated a petition to bring her campaign to the attention of the Government. Show your support and sign the petition here.

View the video on why Josephine chose to Raise Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education.