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World Mental Health Day 2018

Posted on 3 October 2018

Come along to events and activities to mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018.

World Mental Health Day - 10 October

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.

To mark World Mental Health Day on Wednesday 10 October 2018, come along to the following events:

Wellbeing workshops

You can attend our wellbeing workshops regardless of which college you belong to. Book your place via the link:

  • Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World
    2.00pm-5.00pm, Piazza Building

    Find out about the vision for mental health research at York and the latest mental health research being undertaken across the University. There will also be an informal Tea and Talk Networking Session for attendees to get to know one another and talk all things mental health research over tea and cake! Book your free place.

  • Mental health drop-in 
    1.15pm-2.15pm, ATB/042

    Information from Department of Health Sciences Mental Health Awareness & Wellbeing Group (MHAWG),  YUSU, York Samaritans, GSA Vice President (Wellbeing & Community), Mental Health First Aiders, Open Door Team and HR. This talk is aimed at departmental staff and students but all are welcome and coffee, tea, fruit and water are available.

  • How I look after my mental health and wellbeing at University
    2.15pm-3.00pm, ATB/042

    Presentation by mental health nursing student Bethany Mclaine. Bethany has first hand experience of mental health and spoke earlier this year about how it inspired her to study nursing. Book your free place.

  • Reading for Pleasure
    A Library Foyer display stand with a selection of books on ways to improve your wellbeing, from healthy eating to knitting and gardening. There will also be leaflets explaining the range of services available that support student wellbeing.

  • Mental Health Awareness Project
    3.00pm-6.00pm, V/N/044
    The Mental Health Awareness Project team are organising a number of speakers to talk about their experience with mental health and the things they do to combat difficulties. Many of the speakers have businesses or run programmes that are beneficial for people with mental health issues. Speakers include Greg Harman from Second Thoughts,  Kathy from OneYoga in York, Professor Barry Wright and Leah Mount from Keyfort. They will also have a stall set up in Vanbrugh along with Student Minds.

The Big Mental Health Survey

Mind, the mental health charity, are running a Big Mental Health Survey and want to hear from anyone aged 16 years or older with personal experience of mental health problems. Now in its second year, the Big Mental Health Survey is a major research project to understand people’s experiences of mental health support and the findings will be used by the charity to help providers to improve services.

College activities

Some colleges have activities taking place specifically for World Mental Health Day. Check your college events calendar to see what is on offer in your college. 

  • Constantine College is hosting a Mental Health Awareness workshop from 2pm upstairs in The Forum (Studio).
  • There will be a Sharing Tree in Goodricke College Nucleus where students can write their concerns and anxieties or wellbeing tips on labels and tie to the tree.
  • Langwith and Constantine students are invited to a free Yoga session with a qualified instructor.  Be upstairs in The Forum for 6.45pm for a 7pm start.  They supply the mats, just bring a drink of water with you.
  • Halifax College are holding a screening of A Beautiful Mind at 7.00pm in St Lawrence Common Room. No booking required, drinks and snacks provided.

Other mental health and wellbeing activities taking place later in the term are:

  • Digital wellbeing online course
    Starting on Monday 15 October, this three-week online course explores the impact of digital technology on our health, relationships and society. Join this free course.

  • The Secrets of Sleep
    Thursday 1 November, 7-8pm, Spring Lane Building
    Explore the whats, whys and hows of sleep. What does the sleeping brain look like? Why do we sleep for a third of our lives? How does sleep support mental and physical health and help you maximise your academic performance? Come along and find out a bit more about the most important part of your day, and how you can get the sleep you need to be healthy, happy and productive. Book via eventbrite

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 student health and wellbeing information, advice on common challenges and support for mental health issues.

Need help?

If you are concerned about yourself or someone else, find out what you can do and who you can turn to: