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The Black Students Mental Health Project

Good Thinking has partnered with the Black Students Mental Health Project (BSMHP) to host a range of mental wellbeing resources, including blogs, podcasts and videos, which have been created by the black community within London South Bank University (LSBU).

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Further education can be an exciting time but it can also be daunting and, for black students, there are specific challenges in academic settings that could affect your mental health.

Co-created with black students at LSBU, these blogs acknowledge some of the stressors that black students might experience at college or university and provide advice on how to prioritise good mental wellbeing.


This series of student-run podcasts by the Black Students Mental Health Project addresses topics and shared concerns in the LSBU black student community. Hear tips and advice directly from black students on maintaining positive mental wellbeing and how to address other challenges you might encounter while studying.

About the project

National data indicates that black students are significantly disadvantaged in terms of outcomes in higher education and this disadvantage further impacts those black students with a mental health diagnosis. The Black Students Mental Health Project is an Office for Students (OfS) funded project with London South Bank University (LSBU) that aims to initiate institutional change. It was set up to promote early access to mental health support services and good mental wellbeing practices and to prevent mental health deterioration in the black community. The project team works on the co-creation of proactive and preventative mental wellbeing interventions with black students for black students at LSBU.  

How were the resources created?

Student voice has been the driving force behind this two-year project; the project team at LSBU have worked with the black community within the university to document perspectives on and experiences of support services, mental health, education, wellbeing, disability and culturally competent resources.

Over 600 students participated in surveys and data collections which have highlighted key topics and common challenges that black students were facing, as well as the lack of culturally relevant mental health advice and support co-created by their peers. A further 250 students used these research results and insights to develop a collection of resources - writing blogs, taking part in interviews and podcasts, attending events and producing videos.

Providing a resource for black students across London

Good Thinking has partnered with the Black Students Mental Health Project to make the resources and advice accessible to a wider range of students and service users across London’s black communities.

The blogs, podcasts and other resources created by London South Bank University students as part of the Black Students Mental Health Project are being hosted on the Good Thinking website. 

These resources are not a replacement for specific and specialist mental health support but seek to offer help by acknowledging difficult experiences that black students may encounter during their studies.

The views expressed in the BSMHP blogs, podcasts and other resources are the author’s and Good Thinking takes no responsibility for any incorrect information or advice.

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