Over the last two years, MDXSU and Middlesex University has worked in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness to offer mental health training opportunities for students.
Rethink are working with a number of different Universities on a four year project funded by The City Bridge Trust which aims to improve University student mental health across the City of London. They are working with Universities, Students' Unions and students, and MDXSU and Middlesex Univesity are one institutions involved.
This year we'll be working with Rethink again, to recruit student facilitators who will deliver mental health workshops at Middlesex University. Rethink will work with the student facilitators to co-produce and deliver workshops by students, for students. These workshops cover topics from exam stress to LGBTQ+ mental health, to looking after your mental health as an international student. They combine proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with lived student experience to creare workshops that matter for Middlesex students.
In the case of this project, co-production means that the workshops are created by students about topics you care about. You will work alongside Rethink who will offer training, advice, guidance and resources to help you build a set of workshops that you can confident to deliver to your peers.
You will receive 'mental health 101' training which will cover topics from stigma to disclosure to easy coping techniques. Rethink also offer other training in facilitation and can help to build your confidence to become a workshop facilitator.
You will need to attend a 4 hour afternoon workshop online, and then another afternoon of training to tailor the courses created by students last year to you and your experiences. After that you will be invited to co-produce identity based workshops with students from the other Universities Rethink are working with - for instance, a LGBTQ+ student workshop, a Black student workshop or a Disabled student workshop.
You won't get paid for attending the training or the co-production day, but when you go onto deliver workshops you will be paid a flat rate of around £50 per workshop.
Rethink have organised two training afternoons for Middlesex students - on Tuesday 3rd November (1pm-5pm) and on Wednesday 4th November (1pm-5pm). You only need to attend one training afternoon and when you apply for the training, you can pick which slow you prefer to attend.
To get involved, complete the application form below by midday (12pm noon) on Friday 30th October.