School of Health Sciences

University mental health champion named among Nation's Lifesavers


An inspirational University of Nottingham nursing researcher has been named among the Nation’s Lifesavers for her exceptional contribution to keeping the nation healthy.

Josephine NwaAmaka Bardi, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD mental health and wellbeing student from the School of Health Sciences, is one of 100 people or groups at universities in the UK whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

Josephine was honoured today as part of a campaign by Universities UK called MadeAtUni which highlights the impact of universities on the wider population. She has led her own national lobby called Raising Awareness of Mental Health in Higher Education (RAMHHE) which is the first student-led initiative in the country.

Josephine’s campaign was prompted by her personal experiences of working with people with mental illness – from her early days of volunteering with a homeless charity in London after arriving from her home in Nigeria, to working as a mental health nurse and receiving the ESRC funding to research activity at The Dragon Café in Southwark, the UK’s first mental health café. Her time as a PhD student at Nottingham, Associate Staff member at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Lecturer at the University of East London has focused her recent efforts on mental health among students in higher education.

The full press release is available here.

Posted on Thursday 16th May 2019

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