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University Mental Health Day 2019

Posted on 22 February 2019

Events on campus to mark UMHD19 on Thursday 7 March.

University Mental Health Day 2019

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 7 March and this year focuses on the power of using your voice.

What’s happening?

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

The GSA are hosting a Mental Illness Awareness Week prior to UMHD19 (25 Feb- 1 Mar), focusing on support for areas such as:

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postnatal depression
  • Compassion in therapy
  • Alcoholism
  • Suicide awareness and prevention
  • Understand grief and loss

Melancholia and the third age
6 March, 6.30-7.30pm, Merchant Adventurers' Hall
In his 2019 Merchant Adventurers’ Science Discovery Lecture, Professor Simon Gilbody argues that the NHS needs to optimise psychological health as well as physical health for older people.

Use your voice!
7 March, 10.30-11.30am, Goodricke Nucleus
Let's tackle mental health together! The York Student Minds group invite you to come along and write a personal message to fellow students with tips and tricks about uni life; share your experiences and help the student community around you.

Introduction to Meditation
7 March, 12-1pm, D/L/006
The Mental Health Awareness Working Group (MHAWG) are hosting an introduction to meditation and its benefits with Gen Kelsang Tharpa from Madhyamaka Kadampa Meditation Centre

Eco-Brick Building Workshop
7 March, 1-3pm, YourSpace at YUSU
Eco Bricking is a new initiative to reduce waste and pollution from the biosphere and is a mindful activity. Enjoy free cake and a cuppa in this session building eco-bricks, which will be donated to a local school.

Walk for Mental Health
7 March, 6.30-8pm, Langwith College
March for Mental Health is a student-led initiative which aims to reduce stigma, raise awareness and improve existing services for mental health on campus. 

Halifax College events
Throughout the day, take a dog for a walk, complete jigsaws and colouring books, and there’s also a free stress ball giveaway.

World Delirium Awareness Day
The Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) will be available to chat about delirium at a stall in Health Sciences reception on Wednesday 13 March from 12.30pm.

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