We know that 1 in 4 of us will struggle with our mental health each year and many more will be affected by the stigma surrounding mental illness, but lots of us struggle to find the words to talk about how we're feeling.
That's why we're each year we organise Mental Health and Wellbeing Week - a week-long programme of events and activities focused on mental health which aim to support, inspire and challenge the University community.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Week 2018 will run from November 12th to 16th, but we need your help to make it a success! Check out our key asks below and if you'd like to know more email the Students' Association's Welfare and Equality Coordinator email@example.com.
- Share your experiences of mental health. We’re looking for students and staff from across the University to share their mental health journeys. From blog posts to videos, if you would be willing to talk about your experience, please complete the short form here and someone from the Team will be in touch.
- Apply to run an event in Mental Health and Wellbeing Week! Whether you’re thinking of running a one-off event as part of the week, or have a regular event which would fit well with the programme, find out more about what we're looking for in our handbook and submit your event here. The deadline is October 15th.
- Help us get the word out. By chatting to others in your community about the week, and sharing the programme once it launches, you can help ensure no-one misses out on the opportunity to get involved.
- Attend an event during the Week. With over 50 events last year, there’s guaranteed to be something for everyone, so show your support by attending an event or getting involved in an activity. The programme will be posted here on October 22nd.
We know mental health is something which affects people year-round, and while Mental Health and Wellbeing Week has a clear impact, there's always more to be done.
- If you have any questions about looking after your own mental health, supporting a friend, or mental health more generally, check out our list of resources and services.
- If you have a mental illness and would like to build a community with your peers, consider joining the Students' Association's Disabled Students' Campaign which exists to provide support and representation for students like you.
- For more information on the Students' Association's work on mental health and wellbeing, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.