We believe a collaborative approach is vital to support and improve young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
To deliver our aim of supporting and improving young adult and student mental health and fitness, we need every University and College Leadership Team and every Students' Union in the UK to invite and encourage their students, and staff, to take part in the annual BRIT Challenge.
We believe the success of the annual BRIT Challenge requires a whole university, college and community approach to supporting and improving young adult and student mental health and fitness.
To invite and encourage their members to champion The British Inspiration Trust’s aims and the BRIT Challenge, we are delighted to have partnered with Education Governing Bodies who share our vision.
Their Chief Executives & Chairs are inviting every University Vice-Chancellor and College Principal to embrace the BRIT Challenge and engage their Leadership Teams to enter teams, help champion the opportunity for their students and staff to take part and encourage participation.
The NUS also have also partnered with us to encourage every Students' Union to enter teams in our annual BRIT Challenge in order to maximise student participation, help destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
SPORT PARTNERS AND SPECIAL RELATIONSHIPS
Our aim of delivering inspiration to students and young adults at universities, colleges and specialist colleges is through the support of BRIT Ambassador family.
We are inviting Sporting Governing Bodies to encourage their Olympians, Paralympians and elite athletes from all sports to join our BRIT Ambassador family, promote the BRIT Challenge at a university and/or college of their choice, help destigmatise mental health and champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
These inspirational Ambassadors will inform us of which university or college they will visit during the annual BRIT Challenge (every February). We will then introduce the Ambassador to the institution’s BRIT Challenge Point of Contact. There are approximately 450 universities, colleges and specialist colleges in the UK, so partnering with Sporting Governing Bodies will assist in encouraging their current and retired sports personalities to join us. We will also ask the institutions themselves to encourage their sporting alumni to take part and consider joining our BRIT Ambassador family.
We are delighted to have enjoyed special partnerships and relationships with the following organisations who have either championed our work to support young adult mental health or provide expert advice and support;
Royal Yachting Association
National Fire Chief's Council
The Foundation for Positive Mental Health
Expert Self Care
Our aspiration is to develop long-term partnerships and strong working relationships with Mental Health Charities, Education and Sporting Governing Bodies and all UK universities, colleges, specialist colleges and Students' Unions in order to deliver a collectively powerful impact in support of young adult mental health and fitness throughout the UK.
“The work being undertaken by the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) to improve the mental health and fitness of young adults throughout the UK by delivering the annual BRIT Challenge is truly commendable.
The COVID-19 pandemic has undoubtedly compounding existing mental health challenges faced by young adults and the support BRIT can offer those in difficulty through their annual feelgood February fundraiser is invaluable.
I am encouraged that so many current and retired Olympians and Paralympians are joining BRIT as ambassadors; they will undoubtedly inspire and encourage young adult participation in the annual BRIT Challenge.”
Rt Hon Sir Hugh Robertson KCMG DL
British Olympic Association
“Expert Self Care are delighted to have entered into a special relationship with The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT). For over 10 years, BRIT have been striving to support young adult mental health and their annual inclusive BRIT Challenge is an exciting opportunity for every university and college student, and staff member, to take part in a UK-wide feel-good February fundraiser to improve and support young adult mental health and fitness.
BRIT are a collaborative charity and in 2022, they will be inviting every university, college and Students’ Union to enter teams in the BRIT Challenge and chose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT. This decision will undoubtedly support many local, regional and national charities whose fundraising efforts have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
BRIT are striving to unite the education, sport and charity sectors to improve young adult mental health throughout the UK and their approach to champion other charities and support services is both innovative and inspiring. BRIT are determined to destigmatise mental health and their BRIT Ambassadors, who share their lived experience at universities and colleges of their choice, enthuse students to participate in their annual BRIT Challenge and assist with signposting to support available to students and staff.
I am delighted that BRIT will be providing an area on their websites to signpost students and staff to apps available that can support their mental health, including our Expert Self Care apps, and we look forward to promoting the annual BRIT Challenge and encouraging every university, college and Students’ Union to enter teams.”
Dr Knut Schroeder
GP and Health Information App Developer
Founder & Director, Expert Self Care Ltd
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Centre for Academic Primary Care, University of Bristol
The content has been created by doctors and experts in self-harming and suicide prevention.
Who is it suitable for?
Anyone over the age of 17 who's concerned about self-harming.
How does it work?
The distrACT app aims to help you better understand urges to self-harm, and encourages you to monitor and manage your symptoms. It can also help reduce the risk of suicide.
There's advice and support information, including emergency contact numbers, how best to work with healthcare professionals, and safer alternatives to self-harming.
In the app's Chill Zone, you can find resources that may help you feel better, including art, books, films, music, poems, quotes, stories and online videos.
How do I access it?
distrACT is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.
The distrACT App
We continue to forge partnerships and special relationships with charities who provide vital support to students & young adults through existing and proactive health, wellbeing and mental fitness programmes and services.
We are inviting every university and college team taking part in the BRIT Challenge to choose second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities. These are some of our charity partners that you may wish to choose to support as you take on the BRIT Challenge;
"PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide is delighted to continue our partnership with The British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) and welcomes the opportunity to work collaboratively with other partner charities who share a common goal of supporting students to have the best mental health and stay suicide-safe.
By working together we will raise greater awareness of the vital support which is available and engage with young people who are struggling to regain their self-esteem and self-worth.
Money raised by universities and colleges, taking part in the BRIT Challenge, who choose PAPYRUS as their second charity, alongside BRIT, will pay for potentially life-saving calls, texts and emails to our confidential HOPELINEUK service, which offers support and advice to young people who are struggling and anyone who is worried about a young person who may be having thoughts of suicide.
Fundraising also helps PAPYRUS to engage with local communities and volunteers in suicide prevention projects and supports the training we deliver to individuals and groups.
Suicide is the biggest killer of young people under the age of 35 in the UK and we must reduce the number of young people who take their own lives by breaking down the stigma around suicide and equipping people with the skills to recognise and respond to suicidal behaviour. Together we must continue giving hope to young people who are struggling with life - https://www.papyrus-uk.org"
PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide
“I am thrilled that Universities UK will continue to partner with the British Inspiration Trust (BRIT) in order to invite and encourage all of our 147 UK universities and their Students’ Unions to take part in the annual BRIT Challenge. Over the past two years, almost 130 university teams have taken on the BRIT Challenges and encouraged their students and staff to participate.
It is excellent to see BRIT will be delivering their annual inclusive BRIT Challenge as a feelgood February fundraiser; with the collective support of UK universities, this inspiring event should become a firm fixture in the events calendar for students of all ages. BRIT are a collaborative charity and it is great to see that they are inviting every organisation to choose a second charity to raise funds for, alongside BRIT, to support local, regional and national charities; many of whom have felt the impact of the pandemic on their fundraising efforts.
The next BRIT Challenge will take place throughout February 2022, ending on 3rd March - University Mental Health Day. As President of Universities UK, I urge all of my fellow Vice-Chancellors to join me in championing the BRIT Challenge by entering teams and embracing this tremendous initiative as a catalyst for adopting a whole university approach to supporting and improving student and staff mental health.”
Professor Steve West CBE DL FChS FCPodM FRSM FRSA
President of Universities UK