Health and Wellbeing

Ask for Angela

By Ravteg 02 Oct 2019

Students may be interested in a simple code-word campaign that exists nationally to keep individuals safe on a night out.

The campaign encourages people to discreetly ask for help by approaching bar-staff/door supervisors and ‘asking for Angela’ – a phrase aimed at altering staff to the cry for help so that they can help defuse the situation.

A national example of this was recently used to highlight the effectiveness of the campaign:

“A DJ in a bar was approached by a young girl asked “Is Angela working tonight?”. The DJ instantly knew what she was referencing, said yes, and told her to jump in the DJ booth with his (she was extremely nervous). The DJ in turn asked the nearest door supervisor the same question, who in turn escorted the young woman through the back of the venue and into a taxi. Her ‘date’ upon returning from the bathroom was asked to leave by management and was removed from the premises after becoming violent”.

We would encourage students to share this initiative with fellow students, friends and family.


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Ravteg is Ravteg Singh Dhesi is the Residential Life Manager at the University of London; and Warden of College Hall. He is a Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) instructor and a trainer for Student Minds. Ravteg is a Member of the Association of University Administrators. His hobbies and interests include cricket; political science; history; and social psychology.
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