An Aberdeen student union has received £10,000 in funding to invest in improving mental health on campus.
Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) was given the money by the National Lottery Awards for All scheme, which will allow it to move forward with initiatives.
The money will be invested in a project which will run across the educational establishment’s campus to improve the mental health of students at Aberdeen University.
Called Mental Health, Train the Trainer, the initiative will see 10 people, a mix of students and AUSA staff, trained to deliver workshops and spread awareness across campus – including on suicide prevention, best practice within the field and tips on how to manage stress.
AUSA student president Lawson Ogubie said: “The wellbeing of students attending Aberdeen University is one of our top priorities.
“We currently offer a number of services dedicated to the wellbeing of our students including our advice service, AUSA Advice, which offers general advice on health and wellbeing.
“The new training courses coming to AUSA are a very exciting next step for us.
“They will offer students and staff the opportunity, not only to improve their own wellbeing, but to learn a new skill and help others along the way.”
Training will take place over a two-week period, with the first week participants learning how to deliver the programme, and the second week involving them carrying out their new roles by speaking to students.