30 Jun 2021
What a Year
It isn’t hyperbole to say that the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing lockdown has had a profound impact on mental health. For students, being isolated and stuck at home while also being expected to carry on learning and preparing for exams has added more stress and difficulty to what can already be an overwhelming experience.
We’d argue that the work of Medics4Medics in promoting good mental health and wellbeing has never been more needed, and are so proud of all the work that the committee and volunteers have done this year. There were loads of challenges, including how we would be able to adapt an almost entirely in-person support group to a digital sphere, but our fabulous peer navigators rose to meet them.
Our very first online event was a powerful round table discussion where UCLMS students from ethnic minority backgrounds came together and shared their experiences of discrimination. Since then, we’ve been grateful to have a whole host of speakers covering various key issues, ranging from from Burnout to Men’s Mental Health. The ‘Kindness by Post’ initiative spearheaded by Niraj and Shambhavi had a fantastic reach, and we hope to keep these programmes going next year and beyond.
On top of these, we’ve worked with our peer navigators to launch a massive variety of different projects, including an ‘Online Gratitude Jar’, an anonymous ‘Agony Aunt’ column, and a series of workshops facilitated by the charity Rethink. Our absolutely brilliant web-developer Tom has also been instrumental to our ‘rebrand’ and we are thrilled to now have a new logo, ethos, and updated website!
Thank you so so much to everyone who looked at our posts on social media, attended our events, and helped hold important conversations around mental health and wellbeing. We really couldn’t have done all of this without you! We know it’s been a difficult year but the amazing responses, engagement, and discussions we’ve had with all of you have certainly helped us as a committee get through it. We welcome the next committee with open arms and are looking forward to seeing all their amazing ideas in action, come September.
We hope that you all have a lovely summer!
Your Medics4Medics Committee