Wellbeing & Safety
Queen’s is a supportive and convulsive community, and your student leaders are often the first port of call when life is feeling overwhelming. While your fellow Queeners can help you though the odd bad day if you are feeling a little homesick, stressed or unsure, Queen’s offers professional services, and we urge you to utilise these if you are experiencing ongoing mental health and wellbeing insecurity.
One of the most common causes of stress will relate to your studies; for first years, who have often done extremely well at school, the less structured and more competitive nature of Uni study can be daunting. Our academic team, heading by the Dean and Academic Director, can help, as can the tutors, and can also help you apply for special consideration from the university.
For matters that are more serious, you will see from corridor posters that there are several ways to get help, from University counselling, to our in-house Headspace Counsellor, here 2 days a week in room 145 (near the JCR); we operate a mixture of drop-in, group and private pre-booked sessions. We also have a link with CPC in Drummond Street and can refer you on to their experts.
Student leaders also run GYLIO (Get Your Life in Order) week each semester to encourage time for individual reflection.
A Safe and Respectful Community
At the heart of the Queen’s college community is the support and respect residents have for one another.
At Queen’s, we are committed to the fair treatment and safety of all our students and staff. In recent years, we have worked to improve our complaint processes, education, and practice, so as to raise awareness and build an environment of trust to encourage students to come forward. Our processes are robust, we educate our student leaders and every student entering the college on consent and bystander intervention, train our staff and student leaders through CASA, and provide a system of peer- and staff-led support to empower victim-survivors to speak out. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our community members and to encourage a culture of openness and trust.
Queen’s strong tradition of student empowerment means that we hope all our students feel they will be heard, and that we will take swift action to remove perpetrators and support victim-survivors. We urge any alumni to come forward so that we can promptly address any historical failings that we may have as an institution, and offer support.