Mental Health Awareness Week is a campaign calling for a national discussion on improving mental health that runs from 8 May until 14 May this year.
This year the campaign will seek to find out why too few of us can say they have good mental health while so many people are living with mental health problems. This is captured in their message ‘Surviving or thriving?’ which will encourage people to think about:
- how many of us are surviving or thriving, and the difference between the two
- why some communities are under strain and what government can do to support them to thrive
- what steps we can take to look after our mental health, building resilience to cope with the demands of life?
How many of us thrive?
As part of the campaign the Mental Health Organisation has published disturbing findings related to the prevalence of self-reported mental health problems. They found that:
- Only 13% of their sample reported living with high levels of good mental health.
- Nearly two-thirds of people said that they have experienced a mental health problem. This rises to 7 in every 10 women, young adults aged 18-34 and people living alone.
If you want to read more about the survey they conducted you can have a look at their website.
What is your mental health score?
Get your mental health score by answering a couple of small questions related to your wellbeing as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Getting an idea of how you are doing with your mental health can be beneficial and can help you recognise what aspects of your health are thriving and what need more attention. Sometimes we can easily neglect our sleep or eating habits without even realising it so make sure you are keeping in mind the basics that go with a balanced daily routine.
Have a look at our blog on Looking after your wellbeing to get some ideas and guidance on maintaining good mental health.
We are constantly updating our intranet pages to make sure we cover as many topics relevant to students. Our Wellbeing Central is there for you to offer self-help resources and advice on dealing with a variety of wellbeing issues.
You can find information on your physical, occupational and sexual health, alongside registering with a doctor. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential when looking after your wellbeing so make sure you are familiar with the relevant recommendations.
Wellbeing Champions ‘Thrive Hotspot’ event
Our Wellbeing Champions will be holding an event as part of Mental Health Awareness week. It will be focused on this year’s theme ‘Surviving or Thriving?’ and will involve creating a board titled ‘How do you thrive?’ that will include student’s small contributions on what helps them maintain positive mental health.
Come along and share your experiences, write down your own tips on ‘thriving’ or just get a stress ball and other goodies! You can find their stand in the place opposite Starbucks in the SU on 10 May from 13:00 – 14:30
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Tsvetina, Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Placement Student.
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