What is Black Students Talk (BST)?
Black Students Talk (BST)* is a peer support group that provides safe, supportive and therapeutic spaces for Black students to meet, share, learn, and manage our mental health & wellbeing at King’s College London.
You can read the BST 20/21 Report here
Who is Black Students Talk (BST) for?
University students at King’s College London who identify as Black (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage).
Why does Black Students Talk exist (BST)?
As university students we experience complex academic, psychological, social, emotional and financial pressures. Black students face specific pressures that often affect our mental health and therefore, our university experience and outcome. We want to help make the lives of all Black students at King’s College London as happy, healthy and successful as possible.
What do Black Students Talk (BST) sessions offer?
- one-to-one/group discussions using culturally relevant/specific psychoeducation
- help accessing appropriate mental health services within the university and wider community
- a ‘home away from home’ to connect with other Black students
- visiting speakers from Black mental health organisations
- resources designed and delivered by trained facilitators
How do I attend the Black Students Talk (BST) sessions?
This year, BST sessions are being held in-person! Sessions will take place on a Tuesday or Thursday evening once every two weeks, usually at Guy’s Campus.
In Semester 1 we be piloting a new kind of session called Black Students Move (BSM) which will involve a popular workout and take place at the King’s gyms.
Here are the dates, times and locations for the Term 1 BST Sessions:
- Self-expression – Black History Month (BST): Thursday 6th October 2022, Guy's Hodgkin Building Classroom 11, 6:30pm-8:30pm
- Intro to Weights (BSM): Tuesday 18th October 2022, Strand Gym, 6pm-8pm
- Boxfit (BSM): Thursday 3rd November 2022, London Bridge Gym, 6:30pm-8:30pm
- BST: Tuesday 15th November 2022, Room TBC, 6:30pm-8:30pm
- Group Cycle (BSM): Thursday 1st December 2022, London Bridge Gym, 6:30pm-8:30pm
- BST: Tuesday 13th November, Room TBC, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Where can I keep up-to-date with BST?
Follow Black People Talk on Twitter: @BPTwellbeing
Join the BST Teams Chat
Follow the Peer Support Instagram: coming soon!
*BST is part of the national Black People Talk (BPT), an initiative founded by Yannick Yalipende and Nkasi Stoll that aims to support the mental health and wellbeing of the Black community in the UK.