Hi! I am Pippa. I grew up in Winchester, Hampshire, but moved to Ipswich 2 years ago. Since being here, I have had various roles caring for people with Special Educational Needs or mental health difficulties. I’m a student at University College London (UCL) studying a part time Masters in Clinical Mental Health Sciences. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, a lot of it has been online, but I hope to travel to London a bit next year for some in-person teaching. I am really passionate about spreading awareness around mental health and particularly interested in a holistic view of mental health – so many things that we might not think about, such as food, can affect our mental health.
I came into contact with Student Life when they were advertising for a job in 2019. Though I didn’t get the job I stayed in contact with Student Life and have now been volunteering here for about 6 months, working on an exciting new project. I’ve recently been employed by Student Life as Mental Health Project Co-ordinator and will be largely responsible for this project. I am very pleased to be a member of the team and looking forward to seeing what the future holds.
The project we’ve been working on is a mental health course to be delivered as part of the RSHE curriculum in schools. It’s an exciting step forward that Student Life will be contributing to the curriculum, not just extra- curricular and it’s a very important, unique project to be delivered to young people. Tommy, who is 22, will be delivering the course, which means it is going to be a peer-delivered course.
So far, we have created four sessions about mental health which cover what mental health is, the mental health continuum, depression, anxiety, self-harm, eating disorders and the support we can get around these. Our ideas have largely come from our own experiences of mental health as well as Mental Health First Aid and resources such as the NHS and Anna Freud. Moving forward, we are going to create two more sessions: a Covid-19 awareness session and a session about the relationship between brain chemistry and emotional wellbeing.