DeStress KCL

Campaign Update

The campaign has been successful in getting the required signatures for their petition and is now a ratified KCLSU campaign! The petition is still collecting signatures so make sure to show your support for the cause.

About the Campaign

University is not just a place for students to grow academically, but also develop new viewpoints about wellbeing and mental health. Recognizing that most students go through a transitional period when starting university that’s both developmental and tumultuous, this may be the first-time when students are able to access mental health and wellbeing services individually. These changes in environment can cause new and unique feelings of stress, isolation, loneliness, and anxiety which students may not have previously experienced.

Student Minds reported that in 2022, 57% of university students reported facing a mental health issue or low wellbeing.

Universities have a duty of care to their students, including ensuring that the mental wellbeing of students is supported throughout their education. This is especially because universities are frequently the first and, often, only place which students turn towards to during a mental health crisis.

Campaign Objectives

  • Supporting KCL and KCLSU’s work on preventative measures, including peer mentoring scheme and improved pastoral support, with a focus on increasing the reach of preventative measures to support student groups who are the least likely to engage.
  • Improve awareness and communication of mental health and wellbeing services, finding new ways of contact between students and mental health services, as well as ensuring that students are aware of both the resources and processes of mental health and wellbeing services across KCL.
  • Ensuring that there is a level of quality and care for all students when considering cultural sensitivity and diversity around mental health and wellbeing, including championing for linguistically and culturally diverse approaches to mental wellbeing.


By signing this petition, you consent to being contacted about this campaign. You will be free to opt-out at any time.

Campaign Lead

  • Tahira Amini
  • Anagha Arun Varma

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