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University of Aberdeen and AUSA launch Student Mental Health Agreement

The commitment aims to raise awareness, ensure support and promote self-care


By Mireia Jimenez


Prof. Abbe Brown, Ivana Drdáková and Martina Chukwuma-Ezike. Courtesy of University of Aberdeen.


The Student Mental Health Agreement (SMHA), signed on Monday 31 January, outlines the University and AUSA’s shared priorities regarding mental health for the period of 2022-2024.


Priorities consist in developing resources, training and support of staff, and approaching University Schools to achieve a better and consistent approach in study-related areas.


The agreement will be implemented through an annual action plan that will include activities and events that promote the use of University support services, social media content and the training and support of staff members.


Professor Abbe Brown, Dean for Student Support, said:


“We have defined wellbeing as “the state of being comfortable, happy or healthy”, encompassing all areas of life including personal, study, work, physical exercise, nutrition, and mental health. 


“We are dedicated to caring for the wellbeing, health and safety of our diverse community and the SMHA 2022 – 2024 will fully support that.”


Ivana Drdáková, Vice President for Welfare at AUSA, said:


“The agreed priorities in the SMHA have been informed by student consultation and support both AUSA and UOA strategies. By working together, we will enhance the inclusive environment and positive culture at UOA, supporting students to maintain positive mental health; manage problems and support the prevention of mental ill-health.”


The agreement can be read here through the AUSA website.