On Thursday 1 March there will be a range of special events taking place on campus around the theme of ‘CommUNIty’ to raise awareness of University Mental Health Day. The University Mental Health Day is a collaborative event with support from the Students’ Union, Student Support and Advice team and the University Wellbeing Champions.
With 1 in 4 people suffering from mental health issues at some point in their lives, with stress and anxiety being the most common, it’s time to come together and support each other whilst learning more about mental health by coming along to these great events.
Events on Thursday 1 March
Coffee and crafts workshop
Join the Student Support and Advice Team in the Atrium (1st floor, University Place) from 11am – 1pm, for a relaxed lunchtime that is sure to help your wellbeing. There will be some therapeutic crafting and friendly conversation, aided by a supply of free hot drinks and biscuits.
‘New to You’ donations and charity sale
You can donate any unwanted gifts or other good quality items, in the concourse of the Chemistry Building from now until 1 March. On the day, there will be a charity sale of the donations from 10.30am – 3pm with all proceeds going to Student Minds.
Street Wisdom – Walking tour
Learn how to access the urban environment and find fresh answers to personal or work-related questions with Street Wisdom – a powerful, three-hour guided experience that uses the streets as an invisible university. Interested? Register online and meet outside the John Owens Building at 1pm to take part.
Look After Your Mate – Workshop
Taking place from 1 – 2pm in 4.212, University Place, this workshop, which is shaped by students’ own experiences, will give you advice on how to look out for your mates, from starting a simple conversation, to signposting for specialist support. There will also be a workshop from 6 – 7pm in the John Hartshorne theatre, Hulme Hall.
UoM Staff vs. Student Charity Football Matches
To raise money for Student Minds, two charity football games will be played at the Armitage Sports Centre, with students playing against University staff. A women’s staff XI will play against the women’s student football team at 17:30, with the equivalent men’s game kicking off at 18:45.
Looking for more support?
If you feel like you want to know more about how to take care of your mental health, we’ve put together an article on how to do exactly that, with some top tips and advice that you could start doing today. If you prefer to talk to someone, the University’s Counselling Service offer appointments with trained counsellors as well as a range of insightful workshops and mindfulness practice. The Student Support and Advice Team are also on hand to help you with issues affecting your student life.
We know student life can be both under and overwhelming in lots of different aspects. Whether you’re in your first or final year, it’s worth checking out Nana’s blog as she shares her experience as a first year student and asks the question ‘is University what it’s made out to be?’.