Who are we?
The WSMS Wellbeing Committee is a newly established group consisting of both staff and students, serving as a broad representation of the WSU medical community. The committee’s aim is to maintain and promote the wellbeing and mental health of both staff and studentsby implementing initiatives and regularly reviewing any agreed actions.
We believe that:
- Medical students should be supported to promote positive wellbeing through the planning, development and implementation of mental health projects
- Individuals within the society should be adequately supported through identification, prevention and treatment processes when mental health conditions arise, whilst maintaining confidentiality
- The support services available should be regularly and rigorously reviewed to ensure adequate facilities are in place for medical students in the event of poor mental health and wellbeing
- Students and staff should be provided with adequate training so that they themselves are able to assist and recognise peers, friends and colleagues with regards to their mental health
- If initiatives are successful, ideas are discussed with representatives from other degrees, to start more university-wide initiatives
Why do we exist?
Academic and personal stressors have a significant effect on the mental health of medical students. In the short term, medical students experiencing two forms of distress were 5 times more likely to have suicidal ideation and this increased to 24 fold if there were 6 forms of distress.
What are we doing about it?
Some of our initiatives that we have been working on include:
- A Mental Health and Wellbeing Survey of medical students and analysing the results
- Working with the newly appointed Student Support Officer, Dr Kathleen Bokey, to develop an adequate and solid support pathway for students, as well as a Doctor’s Database, which are both now available on vUWS
- Incorporation of Wellbeing Days into the attendance policy, to aid students who need to seek recuperation or health care
- Working with the SOM to incorporate a Wellbeing Video series into the PPD curriculum
- Development of further Training and Educationamongst staff and students (e.g. supporting students who support peers workshops, MHFA, ASSIST)
- Development of a new Mentoring Program between all years
- Project Happiness, Wellbeing Calendars, Wellbeing Kits and a Wellbeing Knitting Group
- Encouraging as well as planning activities promoting socialisation and curriculum debriefing
If you’re interested in becoming involved, don’t hesitate to ask us!
We’d be happy to have you on board!
Mario Fernando, Bronte Jeffrey, Maddie Southey, Yvonne Nguyen, Anu Ganapathy, Melinda Lam,
Pragya Goswami, Jess Stocker, Ishaan Thakur, Thu Le, Shafiul Haque, Sophie Keen
Overseen by Megan Foo (WSMS President) and Vedant Dave (WSMS Vice President Internal)