Nightline is a group of student listeners. This peer-to-peer service is open every night of term time and the trained volunteers are there to listen to anything you want to discuss; whether it's just wanting someone on the end of the line as you walk home, you're stressed about exams, or you're in serious distress and need urgent care nightline will be on hand.
To coincide with Mental Health Awareness week and Nightline's 50th anniversary, the University Vice Chancellor Professor Ian White, alongside his wife Margaret, came along to one of Nightline's shifts to watch them in action. During the Volunteer Celebration Event, Bath Nightline's External Coordinator invited our new VC to come along to one of the shifts to understand how our Nightline volunteers help other students. They discussed mental health trends, risk factors and how these can be prevented. He even bought some biscuits to get the Nightline volunteers through exam period!
Alex Aranda, Bath Nightline External Coordinator, thanked Professor Ian White for his time: “Bath Nightline is very grateful that the Vice Chancellor Professor Ian White and his wife Margaret have taken part of their night to come and visit the operations of Bath Nightline. This is a step in the right direction to better promote peer support and student mental health awareness at the University of Bath. It is very kind of them to have brought us biscuits and chocolates that will fill the snack box for volunteers during the exam period.”
Another volunteer that was working that shift said "As a volunteer it was really nice to have the Vice Chancellor and his wife to take interest in what Nightline does. It makes me hopeful that senior management at the University appreciate the hard work it takes to run Nightline and how it makes a difference in both volunteers and callers lives!”
If you're interested in volunteering for nightline, check out their page here
If you'd like to talk to Nightline, their contact details are on the back of your library card.