The mental health and wellbeing of our students and our staff is something we care deeply about.
King’s is committed to embedding a whole-university approach to student mental health and wellbeing (SMHW), which ‘recommends that all aspects of university life promote and support student and staff mental health’ as outlined by Universities UK Stepchange: Mentally Healthy Universities.
This framework gives King’s an opportunity to:
- Create both effective, appropriately resourced support services and holistic, preventative interventions.
- Understand that the wellbeing of our students is intrinsically linked to the wellbeing of our staff.
- Recognise the effect of culture and inequalities on mental health and wellbeing.
- Empower King’s community to take an active role in each other’s wellbeing through awareness raising, capacity building and training, and mental health literacy
- Embed wellbeing into campus culture and ways of working (business process, policies and procedures).
This aligns with our strategic commitment to becoming a sector leader in supporting our students and enabling them to succeed as outlined in the Education Strategy 2018-2022 and the Enabling Student Success strand of Strategy 2026, which states:
"Building on our partnership with KCLSU and existing expertise of our faculties, including our Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, we will be an exemplar university, ensuring that our support is research-led and evidence-informed.
We will support students effectively at all levels of need, from prevention through support and proactive interventions, to referring students to specialist external services in cases of crisis. This involves collaboration with teams and colleagues across the institution,
We pilot innovative approaches to community and belonging, for both students and staff, and curriculum-embedded wellbeing. Importantly, our approach to student mental health and wellbeing is co-designed with students, drawing on input from the King’s 100 student panel and student staff colleagues, and continuing our partnership model of peer support and engagement with KCLSU."