Mental Wealth Lab fund

About the fund

As part of the Mental Wealth Lab initiative, we launched a scheme to help students and staff take forward their own ideas which they thought could promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

UWE Bristol students and staff were able to apply for up to £500 towards a project, event or initiative and a panel made up of senior staff and student representatives agreed which projects were funded. Projects were asked to explore new, interesting and diverse ways of looking at mental health. They were also expected to test and measure ideas which may benefit and positively impact members of our community.

All Mental Wealth initiatives took place before 31 January 2020.

Application criteria

The panel used the following criteria to assess which projects were best suited to be part of the Mental Wealth Lab initiative:

Mental Wealth Lab initiatives should:

  • promote positive mental health and wellbeing
  • benefit all or part of the UWE Bristol community
  • be an innovative or new approach
  • be evaluated to measure the impact
  • be inclusive and accessible to all
  • be value for money.

We did not fund the following:

  • an internal staffing role
  • projects or activities not linked to UWE Bristol
  • medication
  • alcohol, including at events.

Funded projects

A panel made up of senior staff and student representatives reviewed 22 applications and agreed in principle funding for 10 initiatives:

  1. an event around the role of positive body image in mental health
  2. an event around disordered eating, led by charity BEAT
  3. a pilot for mental health and wellbeing workshops for postgraduate students
  4. a pilot for listening skills workshop for staff
  5. a dedicated wellbeing library
  6. sessions led by MA Design students
  7. a research project around the impact of particular assessment formats on students’ mental health
  8. workshops, led by an external facilitator
  9. workshops, led by photography students 
  10. a prototype app to support wellbeing walks.

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