It’s World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October

Posted on 4 October 2017

On a day like World Mental Health day it’s important we all remember to look after both our physical and mental wellbeing and to look out for others who might be suffering in silence. Help and support is always available.

World Mental Health Day Tuesday 10 October 2017

To mark World Mental Health Day you are invited to come along to any of the following events:

  • Mental Health Research event - Tuesday 10 October, 3.00pm to 5.00pm, RCH/037. A chance to hear talks on some of the diverse and leading mental health research taking place at the University. This event is free and all are welcome but spaces are limited so booking is essential.
  • The ‘Living Library’ - Tuesday 10 October, the Library. The Library is placing ‘on loan’ a number of volunteers available to have short confidential conversations about mental health from their own experiences. These talks are not about counselling or seeking professional support but are an opportunity to talk to someone about mental health issues from their personal perspective. See who will be part of the ‘living library’ and to book a slot. 
  • Public lecture hosted by Professor Simon Gilbody - Tuesday 10 October, 7.00pm, Ron Cooke Hub Auditorium. The event welcomes author and activist Harry Leslie Smith to the University to talk about his latest book Don’t Let My Past Be Your Future. Harry has written extensively about his personal experience of his son’s mental ill health as well as more broadly his staunch advocacy for the NHS. This event will be combined with a series of short films showing in the 3Sixty theatre in the Ron Cooke Hub.
  • The Secrets of Sleep - Thursday 26 October 7.30pm, Spring Lane Building. A lecture by Dr Scott Cairney, Department of Psychology, exploring sleep and its impact on our success and wellbeing.

Colleges work all year round to raise awareness of mental health and promote wellbeing. Some colleges have activities taking place specifically on Tuesday 10 October:

  • YUSU, in partnership with Derwent and Goodricke's welfare teams, is running a 'Don't Leave Your Mate In a State' training session, that will cover mental health disclosures. 
  • The 'Goodricke Wellbeing Hub' will be launched on Tuesday 10 October from 1.00pm to 4.00pm in the Goodricke Clarbour Room. Find out more about how you can access support or get involved. Try mindfulness sessions, sign up for sports tasters, play games/puzzles and activities, and find out about Peer Support and the new Greener Goodricke initiative. From 7.00pm, there is the regular baking workshop and a screening of The Great British Bake Off at 8.00pm.
  • In Vanbrugh College, there will be coffee and a talk on coping with mental ill-health and using university support systems at 2.00pm in The Warren. This is followed at 3.00pm with puzzles until 6.00pm. There is the regular Tuesday night baking session at 6.30pm followed by Chill Out Tuesday with Great British Bake-Off from 8.00pm.

Health and wellbeing

The University cares about the wellbeing of our student community at York. Investment in resources and teams to support student mental health continues, including a student health and wellbeing section of the website for tips on wellbeing, advice on common challenges and support for mental health issues. If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, please visit these pages for more information on what you can do and who you can turn to.