Thursday 1 March 2018 was University Mental Health Day (UMHD). The theme this year focused on communities and empowering all members of the university community to be active in supporting student mental health. SUBU and BU put together a whole week of activities.
Student Minds has identified that a lack of community is one of the challenges to student mental health. For many young people, coming to university are the first years they will be away from home and away from established family support networks. According to the Students Minds’ website, our mental health can impact on our capacity to be involved in university life. University can also be a place where students and staff can be supported to build communities and support networks. Communities are fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing, as they can promote:
- A sense of belonging which leads to reduced isolation which in turn encourages positive wellbeing, improving both physical and mental health outcomes.
- Networks of support, where there is signposting, promotion and partnerships with existing mental health support services both in the university and local community. SportBU offered activities including free gym access all week, reduced swimming memberships, pay and play sessions and free access to Group Fitness classes at both campuses
- SUBU and BU are provided free Tai chi classes, craft workshops, musical events and a walk between campuses. Student wellbeing drop-in sessions were also available on both campuses.
Reported by: Additional Learning Support