BU hosted a series of events to celebrate World Mental Health Day during the week of 10th October. The programme was put together by BU’s Equality and Diversity Service, in partnership with a number of organisations, including the University Department of Mental Health, Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset County Football Association and Time to Change.
On World Mental Health Day the Vice Chancellor, Professor John Vinney signed a corporate pledge on behalf of BU, confirming the University’s support for the Time to Change campaign to end mental health discrimination.
During the week there were displays by a number of local mental health organisations, and several open events. These included the novelist and local resident Minette Walters sharing her experiences about how a lack of investment impacts on users of mental health care services, and offering an insight into her work with the Footprints project.
Dr Ciaran Newell (Consultant Nurse, DHUFT) delivered a talk exploring the causes of eating disorders, in particular the environmental contribution, strategies to help people suffering from eating disorders and approaches to prevention.
In addition staff and students were offered an opportunity to see a series of feature films with a mental health theme, including Black Swan and One Flew Over the Cookoo’s Nest.
To learn more about the Time to Change campaign, and to pledge your support please visit http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/