Monday, 24 March 2014
Several University of Worcester Psychology students have recently been trained up as online mentors specialising in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues by mental health charity Mindfull.
The organisation recently visited the University to train almost 100 students as ‘Mindfull Mentors’ – a qualification which will allow them to provide support and guidance to youngsters requiring help with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.
Following the success of that session, which was the largest training event ever conducted by the charity, Mindfull trainers Joshua Garfield and Natalie Clemens returned to the University last week to deliver additional, specialist LGBT training.
Ben Gibbons, Chair of the University’s Student Psychology Society, organised both training sessions, and says: “Mindfull is a fantastic service, and through volunteering with them myself, I have seen the difference they can make to a young person’s life.
“The additional LGBT specialist mentor training will provide our students with further expertise in discussing mental health issues in relation to people who are LGBT, issues which can be under-addressed in today’s society.
“This is an important issue that we as the Psychology students and department at the University of Worcester are addressing, and I am honoured to be a part of it.”
Dr Tim Jones, Head of Psychological Sciences at the University, adds: “I am delighted that Ben has shown the initiative to take this training forward, and I am very thankful that we are able to work so closely with Mindfull, given the excellent work that they do.
“The LGBT training is both innovative and important, and it is our commitment to schemes such as this which underpins the University’s values of equality and diversity and our ambition to be a compassionate university.”