University Mental Health Day aims to reduce stigma

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 01, 2016 10:05 AM |
This Thursday 3 March, the University and Students’ Union are promoting good mental health, supporting you to ‘look after your mate’.

University Mental Health Day (UMHD2016) is a national initiative which aims to highlight the importance of good mental health and reduce the stigma around a range of mental health conditions.

This year the University and Students’ Union are teaming up to put on a range of activities on the day. The Students’ Union will have student-led tables in the Percy Gee Building and they will also be launching a video of students talking about their experiences of mental health and an advice leaflet on How to talk to your GP about mental health issues

The Truth About Depression

10am-11am – SU Chill-out zone

A documentary about mental health, this will be shown in the Students’ Union chill-out zone.

Look After Your Mate Workshop

11am-1pm

We know most students talk to their friends if they are having a tough time.

Friendship can help someone live with or recover from any difficulties they are facing. But it can be hard to know what to say when a friend is struggling.

This year universities across the country are recognising the importance of supporting each other. The Student Counselling and Mental Wellbeing service are running a ‘Look After Your Mate’ workshop on UMHD2016, developed by the Student Minds charity, to give you the skills and knowledge to support a friend who is experiencing difficulties, and give you the confidence to know what to do to give that friend the support they need.

Email Mentalwellbeing@le.ac.uk to reserve your place.

Meditation sessions

1.30-2pm and 2.30-3pm – SU Alumni Room

Take some time out to relax and destress in these guided meditation sessions.

Tea and Talk

3-4pm – SU Alumni Room

Come along, have a brew and a chat, and make the most of a bit of downtime. The SU will provide the tea. You provide the talk.

Headspace

The University and Students’ Union have teamed up to run a new mental health drop in on Mondays and Wednesdays. The Headspace Mental Health clinic is run by the Richmond Fellowship who provide a confidential space for you to get support with any mental health issues you may be experiencing. The clinic runs every Monday and Wednesday between 11am and 3pm during term time in the Percy Gee building Level 1.

More information

Find out more about the University’s support for Mental Wellbeing on our website or discover how the SU supports you by talking to Roisin Gallagher, your Wellbeing Officer.

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