Thursday 1 March 2018 is University Mental Health Day (UMHD). The theme this year focuses on communities and aims to empower all members of the university community to be active in supporting student mental health. SUBU and BU have put together a whole week of activities for you to get involved in.
Student Minds has identified that a lack of community is one of the challenges to student mental health. For many young people, coming to university are the first years they will be away from home and away from established family support networks. According to the Students Minds’ website, our mental health can impact on our capacity to be involved in university life. University can also be a place where students and staff can be supported to build communities and support networks. Communities are fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing, as they can promote:
- A sense of belonging which leads to reduced isolation which in turn encourages positive wellbeing, improving both physical and mental health outcomes.
- Networks of support, where there is signposting, promotion and partnerships with existing mental health support services both in the university and local community.SportBU is also offering activities including free gym access all week, reduced swimming memberships, pay and play sessions and free access to Group Fitness classes at both campuses
- SUBU and BU are supporting this day by offering a week of activities, including Tai chi, craft workshops, musical events and a walk between campuses. There will also be student wellbeing drop-in session on both campuses. Check out the full programme to see what’s on offer.