World Mental Health Day
Mental Health has been my priority since the moment I started the role: it needs to be taken seriously, and that’s why, on World Mental Health Day, we wanted to let you know about the work we are doing to support your wellbeing.
Come over to the Student Hub today where you’ll be greeted by Dogs from Pets As Therapies between 11am and 2pm. Vent out your problems in our Rant Room, or take a break and do some mindfulness colouring. Beyond the hub there will also be activities at the same time over in Pilkington and the Drill Hall Library. Our staff and volunteers will be wearing purple to raise awareness and support for the day.
It’s not all about one day though. We want to tackle Mental Health throughout the year, to promote the best environment for you and to break the taboo. In January, we’re launching our joint Nightline service with Canterbury Christchurch University and Students’ Union, a peer-to-peer listening service for students – whilst it is based in Canterbury, we are working hard to ensure that Medway students will also be able to access this service. Our students should never feel alone, and never feel there is nowhere to turn, so we want to support you in the best way possible – by listening.
Beyond today we are taking more of an organisational approach to tackling mental health stigma. Throughout the year, both within the organisation and with our student groups, we will be promoting our #StampOutStigma campaign, raising money for mental health related charities, and working to encourage good mental health.
Clara Lee – Vice-President (Welfare)