University Mental Health
University Mental Health Day is a national campaign which promotes the mental health of people who live, work and study in universities. It is jointly run by Student Minds and UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Charity) and encourages all staff and students to get involved.
If you have someone you care about heading off to university it is important to know that they will be looked after, not just physically, but mentally as well. They may be living away from home for the first time and dealing with new people, new surroundings and new challenges on their own. Whether it’s that they already have some issues with their mental health or you are concerned what will happen if they have problems while away, then it is good to be aware of the policies and support available when choosing which uni to go to.
Students, support staff, academics/senior university leaders all have a part to play in building a positive mental health community at every university.
The University Mental Health Day Community (UMHD18) hopes to:
- Improve students’ and staff’s awareness of support and promote a sense of belonging.
- Improve understanding among students and staff of the role the environment and community can play in protecting student mental health.
- Raise awareness of the specific challenges students face with regards to support for their mental health and influence education institutions and health providers to work collaboratively so all in higher education can thrive.
If you know someone already at university then you can get involved in University Mental Health Day (UMHD18). Anyone can sign up for the UMHD18 newsletter, you can check to see what activities are happening on their university campus or they can get involved in running an activity themselves (Campaign Toolkit). Most importantly there are some amazing resources for anyone concerned about their own or someone else’s mental health
‘Being at university raises a number of new challenges to students’ mental health and wellbeing. The years spent at university coincide with the peak age of onset for a range of mental health difficulties, with 75% of all mental health difficulties developing by mid-20s. ‘
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