Think Positive is a Scottish Government funded student mental health project at NUS Scotland. The project works to improve student mental wellbeing and tackle the stigma attached to mental ill health. Think Positive’s key objectives include:
Creating structural and long-lasting changes – for example through supporting institutions and students’ associations to work together on Student Mental Health Agreements, which cover both strategic and practical plans to make improvements in how the institution and students’ association work together to tackle the stigma attached to mental ill health and work towards improving the mental wellbeing of their student body.
Building capacity within the student body, colleges and universities – this includes delivering Scottish Mental Health First Aid training to students and staff in colleges and universities free of charge, delivering mental health training to academic and teaching staff in universities and colleges, and specific areas of training to students and staff as required. As part of this objective, Think Positive Ambassadors help the project engage more regularly with students on the ground, enhancing the student voice of the project and increasing its visibility on local campuses.
Engaging hard to reach students – Think Positive and Scottish Student Sport joined together to run the Healthy Body Healthy Mind Awards. These awards highlight those colleges and universities who have worked towards making sport and exercise recognised at their institution as a way to maintain good mental wellbeing. The aim of the awards is to encourage all those working in sporting areas, staff and students alike, to take advantage of their position and ability to make links between sport and exercise and mental wellbeing issues. In doing so, the award scheme aims to improve student mental health at institutions across Scotland.
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