Psychology trailblazer gets scroll
A talented student, who has helped develop the first-ever mental health campaign at Queen's University, is celebrating her graduation.
Emma Francis, who is graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, is the president of 'Mind Your Mood', a campaign based at Queen's that is helping to raise awareness and understanding of mental health and well-being among students.
Emma, from West Lancashire in England, has worked with a range of mental health charities to increase the number of workshops offered to students at Queen's teaching important skills on how to manage their mental health, for example through cognitive behavioural therapy.
She is also a volunteer advocate at Holywell Psychiatric Hospital for one of Northern Ireland's leading charities, the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health, where she visits patients offering support and guidance.
Emma, who following graduation will be starting a Master's Degree in Psychiatric Research at King's College London, said: "I got involved in the campaign because I wanted to make students aware of how important it is to protect their mental health throughout their time at university. The support of Queen's for this student-led campaign has led to Mind Your Mood being a great success, reaching over 2000 students to date. This university is renowned for creating global citizens who are ready to achieve success and make a difference in society.
"A Queen's degree is more than just a qualification; it has broadened my horizons and given me the confidence and skills needed to pursue my future career. My time here has opened doorways to a world of opportunities."