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.
Along with the University of Edinburgh and the Sports Union, your Students’ Assocation is proud to introduce Let’s Talk Mental Health and Wellbeing.
From the 9th to the 27th of November 2020 we have organised a programme of events, activities and helpful tips aimed to highlight the year round work we all do on supporting better mental health and wellbeing.
The Students’ Assocation is bringing you some great events including ‘How to Come Alive Again: In Conversation with Beth McColl’ - you may know her as @imteddybless on Twitter.
Find out more about how you can get involved below.
Events aren't the only way to get involved this year. You can also check out our 'Introduction to...' actvity guides, explore the city through Wellbeing Walks, find out more about advice and support available, and help us spread the word with our social media graphics and videos, which you can download and share.
Trying something new can have a really positive impact on your wellbeing. Over the next few weeks we'll be sharing a range of 'Introduction To' guides from societies, sports clubs and University departments to help you get started on your journey.
Check back soon to see what new hobbies you could give a go this November, and get inspired with our Wellbeing Calendar featuring a range of quick and easy activities to support your mental health.
We've all been spending a bit more time inside than we'd maybe like this year, but getting outside to explore your surroundings can really help ground you and help give yourself a boost. As part of Let’s Talk Mental Health and Wellbeing, we're encouraging you to get out and about, whether it's a quick walk to the shops or exploring some of Edinburgh's more scenic areas.
Later this month, we'll also be sharing some short walking routes around campus - perfect for study breaks - which will featuring new and existing artwork to reflect on, along the way.
Going for a walk is a great way to change up your surroundings and a simple way of improving your sense of wellbeing. #WorkingtheWalk wants to share the ways in which taking some time away from your screen and getting outside can actually be a productive part of your work day.
For more information and inspiration, check out Jules Smith from the School of Education on Twitter, and share your #WalkingtheWork updates on social media.
We also want to use Let's Talk to ensure that people know where to go for help, whether for yourself or someone you know. The video below highlights some the key support services within and outside the University.
- Advice Place, www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/advice
- Free, professional, confidential and impartial advice and signposting.
- Chaplaincy Listening Service, www.ed.ac.uk/chaplaincy/the-listening-service
- Non-judgemental listening service available in-person, via phone, email or video call.
- Edinburgh Crisis Centre, www.edinburghcrisiscentre.org.uk
- 24/7 support for those experiencing a mental health crisis.
- iThrive, ithriveedinburgh.org.uk
- Edinburgh-based mental health directory, including self-help resources and services.
- Mind, www.mind.org.uk
- Nationwide mental health advice and support.
- Silvercloud, www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling/what-is-silvercloud
- Online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programmes.
- Student Counselling Service, www.ed.ac.uk/student-counselling
- Short-term counselling, as well as self-help resources and signposting.
- Togetherall, www.ed.ac.uk/counselling-services/staff/togetherall
- Online support network, available 24/7, guided by trained professionals.
We're a community, and it's vital that we're all proactive in discussing mental health in our own networks - whether that's with friends, class mates, or colleagues. To help start those conversations, we've pulled together a collection of resources - from Facebook cover photos to PowerPoint slides and social media videos for you to use and share.
If there's anything else you need, just let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help.