University Mental Health Day is a national campaign which focuses on promoting positive mental health amongst those who work and study at university.
Come along to The Gateway, Leslie Silver building on City Campus to get involved in the event which will include free massages, free hot chocolate and even the opportunity to spend time with guide dogs.
The idea behind the activity is to encourage people to talk about mental health. Mental health affects us all, and events like this are a valuable opportunity for people to engage in a subject that is often hard to talk about.
The Student Wellbeing team will lead on a programme of activities throughout the day and a number of organisations will be attending the event to raise awareness of mental health in the community as well as any volunteering opportunities you can get involved in.
Representatives from organisations attending the event will also form a panel discussion and talk about key issues relating to mental health in the community, and how you can get support and give support.
If you can’t make the event, the panel discussion will be live streamed on Facebook so make sure you check it out. You will also be given the opportunity to ask the panel any questions that you have.
The link to the panel discussion event pages is here.
More details about the market place event can be found here.
Communities play a pivotal part in our mental health and wellbeing and can promote:
- A sense of belonging, which can reduce the feeling of isolation and encourage positive wellbeing
- Support networks
- Collaborative work amongst support services both within the university and in the local community
The community theme is a great opportunity to look at ways in which people can get support through accessing services, but also give support through volunteering opportunities. We hope the day will bring something for everyone as well as:
- Raising awareness of support services available for students and staff
- Improving the understanding of the role our environment and community can play in our mental health
- Raising awareness of the challenges students face with regards to support for their mental health
- Building links with community organisations
Why the campaign?
Students are presented with a number of unique challenges at university related to their mental health and wellbeing. The average years spent at university often coincide with the peak age of onset for mental health difficulties, with 75% of all mental health difficulties developing by mid-20s.
University Mental Health Day aims to empower all members of the university community to unite and contribute to supporting better student mental health.
The initiative was started by University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN), a national UK charity with members in practical roles dedicated to providing support to students experiencing mental health difficulties, it has been marked by higher education institutions, including our own, in various ways over the last few years.