ThinkMental is KCL’s student-led mental health society.
We are dedicated to campaigning to lift the stigma that surrounds mental illness both within King’s College London and the wider community. Furthermore, we aim to campaign for improved mental health provision both in the society and the university.
Beyond our campaigning, we also aim to provide a space for students to discuss their own experiences. This is in addition to facilitating engagement with resources and support that students can look to when necessary.
Moreover, we aim to take part in charitable activities focussed upon fundraising for mental health charities.
The society is open to any students with an open mind, regardless of whether they are personally connected to mental health, or simply intrigued and willing to raise awareness and campaign for greater knowledge surrounding this taboo subject.
Sign up for your free membership here: https://www.kclsu.org/organisation/ThinkMental/
President – Matt Peniket
Following being sectioned and a few months in psychiatric hospital, I began to appreciate the extent to which mental illness can tear lives apart, compelling me to do something about it. I am now stable as a third year neuroscience student and thoroughly enjoying university life (most of the time). Further along the line, I am considering a career in either research or clinical psychology. My other big interest, in my free time, is electronic music!
Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary – Holly Phoa
‘Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary’ is a really long-winded way of saying that I support Matt with running the society and I deal with all our admin, funding, expenses and turn all our exciting big ideas into a reality (mainly involves a lot of emails and form filling). I’m in my 3rd year of Medicine and have also done an intercalated BSc in Women’s Health. I joined ThinkMental after being introduced to the society by our previous president / my friend Izzy and was inspired to get involved. I’m very passionate about opening up the conversation on mental health in all walks of life but especially in medical students and the medical profession as a whole. I’m also big fan of mindfulness and the incorporating it into our daily lives. I practice yoga, meditation and mindfully stroking my cats.
Community Engagement Officer – Anousheh Seddigh-Tonekaboni
Anousheh is the brains behind our fortnightly Tea and Talks and also can be found hosting Q&As on our instagram stories.
I’m a 2nd year Psychology student and the reason I joined the committee was to proactively reach out to people about stigmas surrounding mental illness (particularly bipolar disorder). The main goal is to hopefully improve King’s student mental health in the process. This year, I’m in charge of our fortnightly Tea & Talks as well as helping to manage our social media platforms.
Campaigns Officers – Julia Bornemann and Nikki Hannon
These roles involve planning and executing ThinkMental’s campaigns and events throughout the year. Julia has been working with services at KCL to improve student support whilst Nikki has been representing ThinkMental at various collaboration events.
I’m Julia and I’m a third year neuroscience student. I’m passionate about understanding how the brain works and all the different ways it can affect mental health. Thinkmental has been a great way for me to bridge what I’m learning in the lab with the people in my community, and I’ve loved every moment of it!
My name is Nikki and I’m a second year law student at King’s. I joined the Thinkmental Committee this year because I think mental health is an issue that is so prevalent in student life, and I wanted to play even just a small part in encouraging people to be open and unashamed of mental illness.
Charity Officer – Olivia Bailey
Olivia helps to bring together the necessary bits and pieces that allow us to raise money for charities that we support.
KCL Radio Show Host – Sav Moyo
Our wonderful radio show is in its second year now and its new host and organiser is Sav Moyo. Sav has a busy job and was trained by KCL Radio to record and present our radio show, we also upload our shows onto our SoundCloud so you can listen on demand.
Hey I’m Sav (Sabelo) and I’m a third year philosophy student. I initially heard about ThinkMental from a friend who was on the committee last year and I thought it sounded like a great thing to be part of! I’m this year’s radio host (every Wednesday at 7pm, tune in!). I address a different mental health-related issue every week with guests and it’s a job I find really engaging quite cathartic… I’m always open to new guests so reach out! :)) Hopefully see you at one of our events!
Publicity Officer – Sizi Komakoma
Sizi works hard to help ThinkMental reach as much of the student body as possible. ThinkMental has a presence on lots of social media platforms so keeping these up to date requires a lot of work from Sizi!
Hello lovelies, I’m Sizi! I am from Malawi (but I grew up in Doha, Qatar) and I am in the UK as an international student! I’m studying Neuroscience at KCL, and the pathway that definitely interests me is neuropsychology. I love being pretty social (and talking to new and different people) in my spare time so I’m always happy to meet up for a drink!
Events Officer – Rachel Brooker
Hello – I’m Rachel and I’m a 2nd year history and international relations student. Mental health has always been a hidden issue many people feel they couldn’t talk about. Open awareness towards mental health is refreshing and an important way to break down the barriers that it faces.
Charities Officer – Olivia Bailey
Heyyya, my name is liv (Olivia Bailey) and I am currently in my second year studying Psychology. I am extremely passionate about mental health and have written a blog on my own struggles. I am all about encouraging chats about mental health and wellbeing, so am always here to talk! I also love yoga and other ways of being active, my two little dogs Alfie and Poppy help me out with that! I am so excited to be joining the committee and being able to take my passion further.