Let’s be more aware!
This year, 2020-2021, we were awarded Society of the Year by the UEA SU, as well as Student Outreach Project of the Year for a consecutive year running, Best Student Led Online Activity of the Year, alongside UEA TV for our live 24-hour Mental Health TV show! And MH24LIVE also won Best Student Media Broadcast/Feature/Publication of the Year!
Who are we?
Headucate is one of the most active, multi-award winning, exciting student societies at the University of East Anglia. We started out as a small group of medical students 9 years ago from Norwich Medical School and have since grown to become one of the largest UEA societies, open to any student, from any course. We're proud to be affiliated with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, allowing our members to connect with current medical professionals such as psychiatrists, helping us to further engage with the medical community.
We have won multiple awards throughout the years including:
UEA SU 'New Society of the Year' 2012/13
UEA Student Transformation Awards 'Rising Society of the Year 2018/19
'Event of the Year' special mention for the National Student Fundraising Association (NaSFA) awards 2019/20
'Event of the Year' National Volunteering & Society awards 2020/21
UEA SU 'Student Outreach Project of the Year' 2019/20 & 2020/21
UEA SU Society of the Year 2020 - 2021
UEA SU 'Best Online Student Led Activity of the Year' 2020/21
Headucate and UEA TV's MH24 Livestream won UEA SU's 'Best Feature' 2020/21
Our overriding aim is to tackle mental health stigma and help end discrimination by running small workshops in schools in the Norwich area with children and teenagers to tackle common misconceptions about mental health issues. We do this as currently there is no mental health teaching in schools, and it is thought that about 50% of lifelong mental illnesses are already established by age 14. Most children do not seek the help they need when they need it.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we have continued to run these webinars virtually through online platforms, reaching over 300 secondary school students within 2 months, and over 1,000 students throughout the academic year!
Are you a UEA student? Join us!
Develop many different skills by teaching and talking about difficult topics, working with kids is challenging and extremely rewarding! Raise your own awareness along the way. Make a difference in the local community. Gain hours towards the UEA volunteering awards. Looks great on CV’s or applications. Be part of an innovative, vibrant and friendly new society. And much more! Buy your yearly membership for only £3 here: https://uea.su/opportunities/society/headucate/. Follow us on social media for updates how you can get involved. Check out our brand new 2020-2021 flyer here.
What do we do?
- We provide our members with all the training they need to run our school workshops [receive a certificate for leading workshops & gain hours towards the UEA award!]
- We hold fantastic evening talks throughout the year with top-class speakers on issues surrounding psychiatry, neurology, psychology and mental health
- In the past we were honoured to have been chosen to host the Medical School Dean’s Lecture, and have Professor Sue Bailey, the outgoing President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, speak at our annual keynote event
- We conduct research into our school workshops to see how effective they are and there are opportunities to get involved with posters to present at conferences
- We also hold socials, a great way to meet people from different courses, as well as talks and fundraising events!
Are you a school teacher?
We offer a workshop that is the length of a normal lesson, that has been approved by healthcare professionals and is run by fully trained students who have been DBS checked and who have received child protection training.
The workshop (now also available virtually and live!) contains interactive activities and covers topics such as:
• Myths surrounding mental illness
• How mental health is a spectrum
• The basics of mental illnesses and their symptoms
• Talking to someone with a mental health problem
• Where to go to get help and information
Email us to find out more information about the workshop that we offer to schools. If you would like to make a potential booking then contact the Schools Outreach Teach via [email protected].
Are you a student from a different university?
Headucate is based at the University of East Anglia and open to students, staff and the general public from within the local Norwich area, sometimes travelling out to other schools within East Anglia. We have also set up branches now at other UK universities including Birmingham, UCL and Cambridge. If you are interested in setting up a branch of Headucate at your university please contact us at [email protected].