MENTAL HEALTH
Confidential student advisors
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Culture of Care

MENTAL HEALTH

Student life is often called the best time of your life. In reality, it is also a turbulent period for many, with some experiencing real difficulties. Where to go when you need someone to listen?


HELP WITHIN THE SCHOOL

At KASK & Conservatorium you can always contact the study and learning track counsellor of your course for a sympathetic ear, questions about referral, venting, discussing problems… Annelies Carbonnelle, Karen Van Petegem, Sylvie Moerman and Annelies Vlaeminck are ready to help you. You can contact them by mail for a video call. You’ll find their contact details further down in this email.

The study and learning track counsellors work closely with the STUVO Health Care department. You can also make an appointment for a confidential conversation without a referral.
More info and contact details.


MOODSPACE

Steunpunt Inclusief Hoger Onderwijs (SIHO) started working the past year with students, academic experts and the Flemish higher education institutions to develop an online tool to promote the mental health of students.

Today, they present Moodspace. This interactive platform is packed with reliable information, tips and self-help to cope with emotional problems and to build resilience. You can go there for student stories, pep talks and signposts to a listening ear. MoodSpace, the check to put your mental health first: moodspace.be.

Confidential student advisors

In situations between students or between student and teacher you can contact the confidential student advisors of KASK & Conservatorium for a conversation in confidence. They listen without judging. Together you look at what the possible next steps are. Each situation is different and requires a tailor-made approach. The advisor only takes further steps with the consent of the reporter.

You can make an appointment with the ombudspersons by mail or phone:

Bert Lesaffer / bert.lesaffer@hogent.be / 0473 97 79 39

Véronique Govaert / veronique.govaert@hogent.be / 0474 66 35 01

During the academic year 2022-23, there are also ‘open office hours’, where you can drop in without an appointment: every Tuesday between 12PM and 2PM (building Pauli, 1st floor, side corridor of researchers, above the resto).

Confidential student advisors HOGENT

Students of all faculties can contact Stephanie Vandersyppe and Poei Proost, they are the confidential student advisors of HOGENT.

Stephanie@hogent.be – 0475 70 11 83
Poei@hogent.be – 0475 70 11 82

Bert Lesaffer en Veronique Govaert, vertrouwenspersonen studenten KASK & Conservatorium
Student facilities

STUVO, the student services department of HOGENT, is also available for a confidential no-obligation consultation for students. They do not offer therapy themselves, but do help find a tailor-made solution. If necessary, they refer students to a psychologist for a therapeutic programme at a student-friendly rate. STUVO employees are bound by professional secrecy.

Contact: Overwale 42, Gent – 09 243 37 38 – zorg@HOGENT.be

Gender inclusivity

Research and interviews with students show that trans people often face misunderstanding, discrimination and various forms of psychological, physical and material violence. Moreover, many are often confronted with unintentional transphobic behaviour or language use, since the great diversity of gender identity and gender expression is still largely unknown or even taboo in society.

KASK & Conservatorium wishes to put an end to these forms of discrimination so that everyone, regardless of their gender identity, can feel at home at the school and contribute to a safe and caring learning and working environment for everyone.

PRONOUNS

You might wonder why some people put pronouns in their e-mail signature? By doing this, we clearly indicate how we wish to be addressed in digital communications and subsequent encounters.

There are several reasons why we do this. Pronouns create clarity about our gender identity, but we can also use them to raise awareness about gender identity. By making them explicit, we normalise their use and make it more comfortable for everyone, including trans or non-binary people, to do so.

There are also other reasons to do this, for example in case we have a gender-neutral name and want to avoid misunderstandings.

After all, gender is a spectrum and addresses are not always obvious.

AWARENESS RAISING

www.lumi.be – is the former ‘holebifoon’ and has grown into an accessible information platform for LGBTI+ persons, their environment and health professionals.

www.transgenderinfo.be – is the reference centre for everything related to trans and non-binarity. Their website is mainly useful for practical and research-related issues.

https://www.cavaria.be/woordenlijst – çavaria has a very extensive glossary, which is updated every year, on everything LGBTI+ related.

https://gendervonk.be/ – a page from the transgender info point, which translates information in a more accessible way. Here, you will also find a lot of testimonies, images and information videos.

Information brochure about everything you always wanted to know about transgender people

Beste Reizigers is a documentary on gender diversity, following the Dutch train company’s efforts to implement gender-inclusive language.


LECTURES WITH ARTISTS WORKING IN THE FIELD OF GENDER

In 2021, two lectures by artists working around gender took place, organised and facilitated by students.

In 2022, two more lectures are planned. As soon as they are known, they will also be announced here.

AFTERNOON LECTURES UGENT

UGent organises monthly afternoon lectures on diversity/gender/inclusion. They address trans topics regularly. Students and staff members of KASK & Conservatoire can join for free. You can register via www.ugent.be/middaglezingen

Revisit the lecture of Professor Joz Motmans (coordinator of the Flemish Transgender Info-Point and guest professor of gender studies at Ghent University) who explains the term transgender, gives us a clear picture of a gender-inclusive learning environment and workplace, about gender-sensitive communication, an appropriate coming out etiquette,…

READ MORE?

The Kunstenbibliotheek has compiled a reading list specifically devoted to LGBTQ+.

WELLBEING

KASK & Conservatorium aims to be a caring learning and working environment for students and staff. Safety and mutual respect are basic conditions in an environment where students are challenged to develop their artistic vision and personality. KASK & Conservatoire wants to put an end to discrimination and bullying.

  • If you come across transgressive behaviour or discrimination, you can contact the ombudspersons:
    Bert Lesaffer / bert.lesaffer@HOGENT.be / 0473 97 79 39
    Véronique Govaert / veronique.govaert@HOGENT.be / 0474 66 35 01
CHANGING YOUR FIRST NAME

The administrative procedure for changing your first name within KASK & Conservatorium has been greatly simplified. This change can be made by sending an e-mail to the study and learning track counsellor. A student or staff member can enter or change their first name both during registration and afterwards. It appears on chamilo, the lists of marks, the attendance lists, the e-mail address, etc.

On official documents, such as the diploma, the official name remains.

SPECIAL STATUS FOR STUDENTS

Are you going through a transition during your study career? Do you have difficulties attending classes or taking exams? Then, because of long-term medical treatment and/or psychotherapeutic support, you can apply for a special status based on exceptional social or individual circumstances. For more information, please contact your study and learning track counsellor.

GENDER-NEUTRAL TOILETS

KASK & Conservatorium is committed to gender-neutral toilets in all future renovations and alterations. The needs of the target group are taken into account and checked against the regulations of the labour laws and privacy.

For the toilets opposite the student restaurant, a contractor is currently starting the renovation of a gender-neutral sanitary block. The design has been finalised. This toilet will look like an open entrance area with hand-washing facilities, surrounded by 10 closed cubicles with toilet bowls. The school will not provide any urinals in this block.

There is a gender-neutral toilet in Kunstenbibliotheek. There are also toilets in various buildings without any indication, such as the toilet at drama studio 2, the toilets in the Paddenhoek building.

GENDER-INCLUSIVE LANGUAGE

KASK & Conservatorium also wants to pay attention to gender-neutral language in official documents and regulations. For example, at the council meeting of 19 October, the internal regulations of the School of Arts Council were made gender-neutral. Other official documents are also screened.

Do you also want to write texts in a gender-neutral or gender-inclusive way? The school is currently working on guidelines for gender-inclusive language that may help you. You will find them on this page.

FLAG IN THE CONTEXT OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA AND BIPHOBIA (IDAHOT)

On 17 May, a rainbow flag will be hung out at Bijloke Campus and Campus Grote Sikkels on the occasion of  IDAHOT.

Framework for transgressive behaviour

Last year, the school wrote a framework on transgressive behaviour: what it is, what you can do with it and who can you turn to.

You can consult the full text here.


WHAT IS TRANSGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR?

Behaviour is considered transgressive when it crosses a personal boundary and affects personal integrity. Your subjective perception is the underlying criterion: only you can judge whether certain behaviour is undesirable or transgressive.

Transgressive behaviour includes harassment, sexual harassment, violence, sexism, racism, discrimination and stalking.


WHAT IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED WITH TRANSGRESSIVE BEHAVIOUR?

All students and staff contribute to the culture of care at this school. If you experience transgressive behaviour, we encourage you to speak up in a context that feels good. Better one conversation too many than one conversation too few. If you witness a distressing situation or think you have overstepped someone else’s boundaries, we encourage you to speak up, no matter how uncomfortable it may feel.


WHO CAN YOU TURN TO?

At the school itself you can contact the confidential student advisors Bert Lesaffer and Veronique Govaert.

Within HOGENT there is:

  • STUVO: Overwale 42 / 09 243 37 38 / zorg@hogent.be
  • The confidential advisor for transgressive behaviour between staff members:
    Mirjam Vermeulen: mirjam.vermeulen@hogent.be / 0474 46 09 40
  • The confidential student advisors of HOGENT
    Stephanie@hogent.be – 0475 70 11 83
    Poei@hogent.be 0475 70 11 82

Apart from HOGENT, there are various initiatives that you can address;

Engagement

Two psychologists from the Flemish Ombuds Service.

Victims of sexual violence, such as rape or sexual assault, can visit the Care Centre after Sexual Violence (ZSG) of Ghent University Hospital day and night.

There are also several other low-threshold initiatives that can be found below.


A CONVERSATION WITH CARE FOR THE REPORTER

If you contact the confidential student advisor for an interview,

  • then you decide what happens to the report.
  • the confidential student advisor is bound to professional confidentiality.
  • if you wish, you may bring along someone (for example a fellow student, a witness or a colleague).
  • the confidential student advisor is a neutral and independent party.

You can also file a report as a witness within/outside the organisation. The possible next steps are discussed with the witness.


OTHER SUPPORTING INITIATIVES

TEJO offers low-threshold, therapeutic support to young people between 10 and 20 years of age in Flanders (however, you are also welcome after 20 years of age).

Start to talk is a project that focuses on the mental well-being of students.

WAT WAT is there for all young people who just don’t know what to do. At both exciting and difficult moments.