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University Mental Health Day 2018

Posted on 27 February 2018

Check out campus events and the new University Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy to mark University Mental Health Day this week.

University Mental Health Day is a national campaign promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in Higher Education. It takes place on Thursday 1 March and this year's theme is community.

How will the University support students?

The day sees the official launch of the University Student Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy, which sets out our approach to promoting wellbeing and supporting students who experience mental ill-health. 

Professor Trevor Sheldon, Chair of our Student Mental Health Forum says:

"The University is committed to promote the wellbeing of all its students and ensure that students who experience mental ill-health whilst at the University are well supported. It is good to see this commitment publicly articulated in the strategy and the accompanying action plan."

What’s happening on campus?

Drop-in sessions and other activities are taking place on campus to mark the day and highlight available support, including:

  • craft sessions, including making a stress ball
  • mindful colouring
  • puzzles
  • a film screening of A Beautiful Mind
  • the chance to take a dog for a walk

YUSU will be with Edible Uni in Market Square, highlighting the positive impact on mental health of getting involved in volunteering activities.

All day The Department of Health Sciences' Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing Group (MHAWG ) have a display in the reception of Seebohm Rowntree Building all day. Take a look and feel free to take any of the available resources away with you.
11.00am - 2.00pm Wellbeing drop-in at JJs at Halifax College. You can also cuddle a canine, with a dog available for walks throughout the day. Halifax College is also screening A Beautiful Mind later in the evening to raise awareness of mental health issues.
11.00am - 3.00pm Make a stress ball at Alcuin Reception.
11.30am - 2.00pm Student Minds York and the Mental Health Awareness Project will have stalls in Vanbrugh College with information and advice.  
1.00pm - 4.00pm Drop-in session at Wentworth College with crafts and mindful colouring sessions and a chance to meet the welfare team.
3.00pm - 6.00pm An afternoon of relaxing music, colouring, tea and puzzles at The Warren in Vanbrugh College.
4.00pm - 7.00pm De-stress activities at Constantine College with freebies, information on sources of support, and a member of the welfare team available to speak to.
7.00pm - 9.00pm Launch of the Wellbeing Hub at Goodricke JCRC. Drinks and treats available, as well as support from Wellbeing Officers, college tutors and college staff.

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