Santander put the spotlight on mental health


Santander Universities is generously supporting GCU’s Spotlight On mental health series which launched during Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 (10th – 16th May). Their much valued funding will help support a programme of talks and podcasts designed to tackle mental health and wellbeing through open and authentic discussion.

Rachel Simpson, GCU’s Project Officer for Student Mental Health, said: “Positive mental health has never before been so important and we are always looking for ways to improve our support for staff and students. Our Spotlight On events aim to shine a light on the factors that influence our mental wellbeing, to create a more open, inclusive and proactive culture, and to encourage greater engagement with the support available.”

Through GCU Foundation's Common Good Campaign additional support, such as this donation, is being secured to help students experiencing feelings of isolation, anxiety and disengagement as they try to adapt to the ‘new normal’. 

Thanks to funding from Santander Universities, the ‘Spotlight On’ series will create a more open culture and tolerance around mental health starting with an event on May 12 featuring a panel of sector experts, academics, service providers and student researchers will consider how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our mental health and wellbeing.

This donation follows Santander’s £25,000 funding support in 2020 to develop tailored staff mental health training delivered in partnership with SAMH. Nearly 500 GCU staff are benefiting from training to identify signs of mental health challenges as well as help with signposting students who are struggling.

Jillian Watt, Director of GCU Foundation, Alumni Engagement and Events said: “During Mental Health Awareness Week we are delighted to highlight Santander’s incredible support. They have truly gone above and beyond over the past year to help support mental health, both through the ‘Spotlight On’ series and also through training key staff to support student wellbeing.”