Mental Health Awareness Week
Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week at uni, an incredible week teaching people about the need for mental health awareness in context as well as offering support for those in need.
Mental wellbeing is often something forgotten by many, especially students, despite the fact that university can be an extremely stressful time for many. At least 1 in 4 Higher Educaton students experience some sort of mental health issue during their time at university; a number which is worrying both for students at (or thinking about) university, and the organisations themselves. Last year the university implemented a number of workshops and speakers focused on mental health and wellbeing and this year continued to be a huge success.
March 2nd was the official Mental Health Day across campus with a huge variety of activities and stalls for students in all years…
An inspiring talk from Fliss Baker was also held on this day targeting all aspects of mental health in order for everyone to gain insight and make a difference to those needing support. Her personal story was inspiring and I’m sure encouraged others to think about mental health differently.
Another event that took place last week was the ‘Relaxation Station’, a free massage and guidance on exercises to do while working at a desk environment.
Finally on the 3rd March the Student Union held an event titled: Gender, Race, Sexuality and Mental Health: An Intersectional Focus. The event featured inspiring bloggers and speakers who offered thought provoking reflections on mental health; a perfect way to end the week.
Mental Health is something to be extremely aware of, both for others and yourself. It’s important to remember that the SU offers student support, wellbeing services and counselling for every student who reaches out to them. These services are invaluable for students.
So remember to spread awareness of the issue of mental health and to look after yourself.
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