AMSA Mental Health Campaign Call Out
What is the AMSA Mental Health Campaign?
The mental health and well-being of medical students is a subject often swept under the rug, a stigma hidden by white coats. Medical students consistently have higher rates of mental health issues compared to the general population – including stress, distress, burnout, anxiety and depression. They enter university with the same levels of psychological wellbeing as the general population, but throughout medical school, their risk of developing a mental health condition increases significantly.
The AMSA Mental Health Campaign aims to improve medical student well-being through action at a ‘grass roots’ level, as well as affecting change at a university and external advocacy level.
In order to successfully address these issues, the AMSA Mental Health Campaign aims to:
- Decrease stigma and increase mental health literacy and awareness regarding mental health issues amongst medical students
- Promote preventative measures to improve coping strategies and resilience
- Enable and empower students to look out for their peers and colleagues and take action
- Facilitate improved access to, and uptake of, mental health services
The major components of the Mental Health Campaign (MHC) include:
- The Mental Health Campaign team will help coordinate with medical societies to increase awareness of mental health issues facing medical students during October (which contains National Mental Health Week and the “official” Blue Week)
- In addition to assistance with the “official” AMSA Blue Week, the MHC team will be available to assist medical societies in planning their own Blue Week events throughout the year
- Maintaining an interactive and informative website and social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Instagram) - including a month-long social media initiative “Humans of Medicine” which encourages students to share their personal stories.
- Contribution to Academy of the Mind (a module about mental health in AMSA academy)
- Update, promote and distribute the 2014 edition of Keeping Your Grass Greener (with a view to appropriate updates), along with other key documents (eg GP bulk-billing database et al).
The Mental Health Campaign is overseen by a National Coordinator. They are responsible for leading the MHC team throughout the year from May 2017 through May 2018. Working alongside the Coordinator are MHC portfolio members. At this stage we are recruiting members without a portfolio. Once the team is assembled then they decide who suits each role best!
Please submit two documents to our National Projects Coordinator, Alice Aitkenhead (firstname.lastname@example.org), a one-page resume and a 750-word application which includes answers to the following:
1. Why is working towards improving medical student mental health important to you?
2. What would you like to achieve as National Coordinator? (if applying for National Coordinator position)
OR What would you like to achieve as a member of the MHC team? (if applying for an MHC portfolio member position)
3. What experience and passion do you have for leadership and working in a team?
4. What experience do you have in mental health and wellbeing that is relevant to the campaign?
Applications close Wednesday 31st May 11:59pm
|Reports to||Projects Officer - Alice Aitkenhead|
|Primary Tasks||Oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Campaign|
|Overall Goals for 2017|
|People to liaise with|
AMSA MHC Team Member
|Reports to||Mental Health Campaign National Coordinator|
|Primary Tasks||Day-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Campaign|
|Overall Goals for 2017||Promote the MHC to medical students.|
|Responsibilities||To help implement the major initiatives of the MHC, including Blue Week, KYGG re-distribution, GP database and social media platforms.|
|People to liaise with|
Published: 06 May 2017