Big White Wall mental health resource available for all staff

Published: 16 August 2019

Big White Wall, an online mental health community, is available for all staff to access any time, anywhere.

The University of Glasgow, as part of its Mental Health Action Plan, undertook to develop a holistic, multi-stranded approach to employee and student mental health and wellbeing.

As part of this activity, the University has engaged with a further resource where all staff at University of Glasgow can access free online support with Big White Wall. Whether you are experiencing stress, are struggling to sleep or simply need someone to talk to, Big White Wall can help you get support, take control and feel better.

You can get things off your chest, express yourself creatively, and access a library of self-care resources, including clinical tests, tips and guided group courses with topics ranging from Managing Stress & Anxiety to Quitting Smoking. Trained counsellors are online 24/7 to keep all members safe and provide extra support. Big White Wall can help you with adopting useful coping strategies and behaviours to improve your experience at work.

Big White Wall is completely anonymous, so no one needs to know you are using the service unless you tell them. To join up, simply go to and sign up under "organisation" with your staff e-mail address.

If you would like any further information on the Big White Wall, please contact Mhairi Taylor, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

Mental Health First Aiders Network

A further resource which is available for all staff is the Mental Health First Aid Network.

Mental Health First Aid is described as being "like any other type of first aid, the help given to a person before appropriate professional help or treatment can be obtained. The main difference is that it is the initial support for someone who needs support for a mental health issue rather than a physical one".

Mental Health First Aiders aim to raise awareness of mental health issues and be a point of contact for initial assistance and guidance to professional help, for thosestaff and students seeking help for poor mental health.

Further information on Mental Health First Aid, alongside a full list of all First Aiders across the University, can be found on the Health, Safety and Wellbeing webpages.

For further information on the Mental Health First Aid Network, please contact a First Aider directly, or Selina Woolcott, Director of Health, Safety and Wellbeing.

First published: 16 August 2019