Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework

Our Values

Throughout its history, Canterbury Christ Church University has been recognised for its friendly and supportive environment that fosters a sense of belonging and community. As a University we value:

  • the development of the whole person, respecting and nurturing the inherent dignity and potential of each individual;
  • the integration of excellent teaching, research and knowledge exchange;
  • the power of higher education to enrich lives, communities and nations;
  • our friendly, inclusive and professional community of students and staff, preparing individuals to contribute to a just and sustainable future.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework

Building on our values, Canterbury Christ Church University and the Christ Church Students’ Union have made the mental health of students and staff a strategic priority.

Taking a whole University approach, we have developed with students and staff, an aspirational Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework.

Our ambition is to develop a holistic approach to mental health, which enable all students and staff to thrive and realise their potential in a mentally healthy environment.

The Framework covers four interrelated and interacting elements, based on Univerisities UK's #Stepchange Apporach – Community, Learning environment, Living environment and Support, providing a structure on which we, as a community and individuals, can build upon.

Why a Framework?

To inspire, to empower, to collaborate, to support...

On our own we don’t have all the answers – a Framework is about empowering us all to work together towards our shared vision, on an individual and institutional basis for our community’s mutual benefit.


For our Community we want to…

Create a mentally healthy environment: a compassionate, empowering, cohesive and inclusive community where every member is valued, and where those who experience mental health difficulties encounter no prejudice or discrimination.

Students in Canterbury

For our Living environment we want to...

Enhance the institutional and campus climate to promote positive mental health, including in social, physical and digital environments.


For our Learning environment we want to...

Develop a healthy learning and working environment which allows both students and staff to thrive and realise their potential.


For Support we want to...

Provide excellent support to students and staff experiencing mental health difficulties, in effective partnership with other service providers.

Join Our Conversation

We are committed to delivering the Framework in line with the principles of co-design and co-production. The Framework evolved from a range of conversations with students and staff and we believe it is vital to continue those conversations if we are going to achieve our vision.

We know that there is a lot for all of us to learn from individual’s lived experiences, academic research as well as good practice that is already making a difference. But we also know there is still a lot more we all have to do together to achieve our vision.

So how can you get involved?

Come along to an event

To find out more and understand how you can get involved we would like to invite both students and staff to a Mental Health and Wellbeing Framework World Café Event. World Cafés are a great interactive way to have and develop conversations around important subjects.

  • Friday 15 March, 9.00am – 12.00pm, Augustine Hall, Canterbury
  • Friday, 29 March, 9.00am – 12.00pm, CCf13, Medway

Complete this Feedback Form

We want to hear your views and ideas on how together we can make the Framework happen.

If you cannot make a World Café Event please provide your feedback here:

Get in contact

Let us know if you want to be involved, if you have ideas to share or comments to make by emailing



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Last edited: 08/03/2019 09:24:00