U OK?

U OK? is our university, college and sixth-form-based project. It aims to support students moving from school or college into higher education, independent living, and the world of work.

U OK? aims to give students the skills and knowledge they need to look after their mental health by providing a safe space to talk to peers.

What does it involve?

U OK? is a series of student-designed and student-led workshops in schools, colleges and universities. 

We train second and third-year university students to become Mental Health Ambassadors and deliver workshops to first-year university and final-year school and college students. By doing this, the project aims to bypass the barriers many students put up when being taught such nuanced, personal topics by academic or support staff, who feel detached from their personal experiences. 

The workshops cover:

  • Introduction to mental health
  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Social Pressure
  • Financial Pressure
  • Academic Pressure 

U OK? builds on our Peer Education Project's success by applying mental health literacy and peer-led education to an older audience.

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Why is it important?

We know that 75% of mental health problems start before the age of 24 and that the move out of statutory and further education into higher education can have a detrimental effect on student mental health.

Young adults show lower rates of help-seeking and say a lack of confidence and worries of being judged as reasons behind their reluctance to seek help for mental health problems when they arise. University and college students' mental health is often affected by the experience of multiple changes, such as changing home environments, moving away from friends and family, becoming financially independent, and the need for increased self-reliance.

Mental health problems at university are increasing while mental health services on campus are reportedly oversubscribed, indicating a strong case for preventing difficulties before they arise and the need for early intervention for students who experience mental health difficulties while at university.

We believe that everyone needs a basic level of knowledge and skill around their own mental health. By teaching every student about mental health, we hope that they will be equipped to meet the challenges they and their friends will encounter in life.

More Information

If you are a school, college or university looking to take part or would like more information please email Lauren McConkey.