Become a Mental Health Champion

Applications open in the fall and are due by Dec. 1

Who are Mental Health Champions?

Our university community is filled with empathetic and compassionate Bearcats who care about supporting each other. Many of these individuals are designated Mental Health Champions who have gone through training to learn more about supporting student, faculty, and staff mental health. There are two graduated cohorts of about 235 faculty and staff who have earned this designation. This initiative is coordinated by Healthy UC, UC's well-being collaborative.

How to Sign Up

Recruitment for a new cohort or group of Champions along with training will be offered each academic year. This year, we are launching the third cohort! Over 100 faculty and staff have signed up to date for this cohort.

Applications open in the fall and are due by Dec. 1. Faculty and staff are encouraged to discuss with their supervisor for approval and demonstrate support.

Bearcats who apply to become Mental Health Champions will be added to the Microsoft Teams channel, where the access to trainings are located. 

Expectations and Requirements

All Mental Health Champions pledge to a commitment to support students, faculty and staff with their mental health.

The following modules are part of this training and multiple opportunities will be offered to attend the trainings every year. Trainings must be completed by March 31, 2022 to graduate with the next cohort. If a faculty or staff member completes the trainings, they will be invited to attend the graduation ceremony in April 2022. If trainings are not completed, the individual may graduate with the next cohort if they choose.

  1. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training
  2. Supporting Bearcats in Distress training
  3. Personal wellness session of choice with the Be Well UC employee wellness program
  4. Mental Health Champion graduation ceremony and panel discussion


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