MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS WEEK
Mental Health Awareness Week is a national week of campaigning devoted to generating discussion about mental health difficulties, organised by the Mental Health Foundation.
This year Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is talking about Relationships. Healthy and supportive relationships reduce the risk of mental health difficulties, so having a strong support network including family, friends, partners, housemates, uni staff and more, can really help you throughout your time at university and beyond.
The week is all about helping recognise how important relationships are to your mental wellbeing, thanking the people that support you and reaching out to those who you can listen to and help.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2016 will be taking place on 16th-22nd May
5 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN #MHAW16
- Share a Blog = Have your relationships had an effect on your mental health at uni? Share your experience by submitting it to the Student Minds Blog. When have your relationships been supportive? When have you needed more support?
- Social Media = Join the week-long conversation online by following Student Minds (@StudentMindsOrg) and the Mental Health Foundation (@MHF_tweets), and tweet with the hashtag #MHAW15.
- Find your local Student Minds group = If you're a student on campus, visit our student groups page to find your Student Minds group's Facebook page, learn about what's happening on your campus, and see if you can help.
- Campaign = If you're a Student Minds Group, browse our Volunteer Hub for guides on running the Love Your Body campaign, organise a wellbeing walk, or help students learn how to support their mental health with the Ripple Campaign.
- Fundraise = Help continue our work to help amazing students campaign and support each other's mental health. Find out more about taking on an Amazing Raise challenge with a group of friends and start fundraising!
For Student Minds, Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of supporting the mental health of young people in particular. University students are particularly vulnerable to developing mental health difficulties and face a range of challenges when moving away from home - from leaving home and living independently for the first time, to balancing academic pressures with paid work, social events, work experience and career development. We think it's vital to make sure that students can flourish and get the support they need throughout their time at university.