Step Up: University is a four-year (2018-2022) coproduction project funded by The City Bridge Trust and run by Rethink Mental Illness. The project aims to improve university student mental health across the City of London.

We are working with Universities, Students’ Unions and Student Groups to create and deliver workshops by students, for students. These workshops cover topics from exam stress to LGBTQ+ mental health, to looking after your mental health as an international student. We combine proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques with lived student experience to create workshops that matter.

What is Step Up at UCL?

Step up is a project that aims to improve student mental health across the City of London. The aim is to work with students to co-produce create engaging and meaningful workshops to teach other students about mental health.

UCL, Rethink and Students' Union UCL are all working together to recruit, train and support students to take part in the programme.

What is co-production?

In the case of this project, co-production means that the workshops are created by students about topics that you care about. You will work alongside Rethink who will offer training, advice, guidance and resources to help you build a set of workshops that you are confident to deliver to your peers.

What training do I get?

You will receive our online Mental Health Awareness and Facilitator training on December 3rd which will cover things from stigma to disclosure to easy coping techniques.

What commitment do you need from me?

You will need to attend a 4-hour afternoon workshop online, and then , and then a co-production / facilitation workshop. . After that, it’s up to you. Along with us and your and fellow facilitators, you will set up your own workshops.

Will I get paid?

You won’t get paid for attending the training or the co-production day, but if you go on to deliver workshops you will be paid a flat rate of around £50 per workshop.

How do I get involved?

We are currently recruiting 12 Student facilitators to deliver mental health workshops at UCL.

You’d be a great Step Up Champion if you are:

  • Interested and passionate about mental health
  • Keen to work alongside fellow Champions, and find creative ways to promote workshops
  • Able to relate to others, while maintaining your own boundaries
  • Able to keep in regular contact with Step Up staff team and co-facilitators
  • Available to attend a Training Day on Friday 3rd December, 10-4pm (online)
    • If you can’t make this date please apply and let us know - we can try and sort something out.

To get involved, fill out the application form at by 24th November 2021.

We especially would like to hear from students from BAME backgrounds, who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, international students, and disabled students.

Please see the information for facilitators for full details: