Mental Health Ambassadors is a grant-funded initiative sponsored by Student Health Services Mental Health Initiatives department. Ambassadors will undergo extensive training to receive certification as an ambassador, which will equip them with the skills to effectively facilitate open and honest conversations about mental health.
Research has shown that personal storytelling plays a crucial role in suicide prevention. Each Mental Health Ambassador has a unique personal story about their experiences with mental health and/or mental illness. We share these stories to normalize asking for support when it is needed, promote emotional wellbeing, and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness and suicide.
Student Health Services is dedicated to promoting wellness and preventative care for all. In addition to stigma reduction, Ambassadors also provide the UofSC community with information about healthy coping skills and resources to support everyone’s wellbeing--not just those in crisis.
Classes and student organizations can request a Mental Health Ambassadors presentation via Student Health Services. The presentation includes the ambassador’s personal
mental health story and a review of mental health support/resources available to students
Become an Ambassador
Are you passionate about mental health? Do you have a story to tell that would help other students understand the importance of mental health? Consider applying to become a Mental Health Ambassador.
Mental Health Ambassadors gain valuable experience, through their training and their work, in leadership, public speaking, program planning, and marketing/social media strategy.
Responsibilities of a Mental Health Ambassador include:
- Attend meetings bi-weekly
- Provide presentations to groups across campus; develop relationships with student groups who may be interested in learning about emotional wellness and campus resources
- Promote Student Health Services programs and activities to the UofSC community
- Work as a team to brainstorm, plan, and execute events
- Collaborate to develop social media content related to coping skills and community resources
- Complete any assignments on time and submit to the necessary person by the due date, including specialized training in the areas of suicide prevention, storytelling, public speaking, and community outreach
As peer-to-peer educators, Mental Health Ambassadors also have distinctive opportunities to connect with other students who share a commitment to mental health advocacy.
Since many of the students participating in the program live with mental health challenges or support someone who does, Mental Health Ambassadors are uniquely suited to model healthy boundary setting to the UofSC community. To that end, Ambassadors are also expected to:
- Communicate any concerns, issues, questions proactively
- Support your fellow Ambassadors by being kind and keeping an open mind
- Ask for social and operational support if life circumstances or mental health symptoms interfere with your ability to keep up with responsibilities
- Offer to take on additional responsibilities or tasks when someone is struggling, has a busy week, etc.
Apply here to become Mental Health Ambassador. Applications are due October 14.