Health and Wellbeing

World Mental Health Day

Rachel from our Wellbeing Team tells us more about Mental Health …




Today is World Mental Health Day, the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

Every year on 10 October we join together in shining the spotlight on a particular aspect of mental ill health. The theme for 2015 is Dignity in Mental Health. 

What’s been happening at Cardiff

All week here at Cardiff University we have been promoting awareness of mental health through ‘Mind Your Head Week’ organised by your VP Welfare, Kate, to get people talking and help reduce the stigma of mental health.

‘Mind Your Head Week’ has raised awareness through providing activities, games and information. From Lego and Dance Therapy to Inner Child Day – who can forget those adorable dogs?!

450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem

The World Health Organisation (2011) estimated that approximately 450 million people worldwide have a mental health problem. According to the Office for National Statistics (2001), 1 in 4 British adults experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem in any one year, and 1 in 6 experiences this at any given time.

Mixed anxiety & depression is the most common mental disorder in Britain, with almost 9% of people meeting criteria for diagnosis and between 8-12% of the population experience depression in any year.

Look around where you are sitting now reading this – that means that if you have one person to your left and two people to your right, the likelihood is that one of you will need support with issues such as depression and anxiety at some point this year.


The affects of mental health problems

Mental health problems affect the way you think, feel and behave. They are problems that can be diagnosed by a doctor; they are not personal weaknesses. Anxiety and depression can be severe and long-lasting and have a big impact on people’s ability to get on with life

Between one and two in every 100 people experience a severe mental illness, such as bi-polar disorder or schizophrenia, and have periods when they lose touch with reality. People affected may hear voices, see things no one else sees, hold unusual or irrational beliefs, feel unrealistically powerful, or read particular meanings into everyday events.

Although certain symptoms are common in specific mental health problems, no two people behave in exactly the same way when they are unwell.

Many people who live with a mental health problem, or are developing one, try to keep their feelings hidden because they are afraid of other people’s reactions. Many people also feel troubled without having a diagnosed, or diagnosable, mental health problem – although they could still be struggling to cope with daily life.


*Information has been provided by the Mental Health Foundation.


We are here to help

Our Counselling, Health and Wellbeing Service are located at 50 Park Place. We are here to help you with any problem, regardless of how big or small you feel the problem might be. We have friendly and approachable staff who are able to listen to you non-judgmentally, in a safe and confidential space. Please access our drop-in from Monday-Friday 3-3:45pm for a 10-15 non-bookable appointment to have an initial chat with us or, alternatively, please refer into our service by completing our referral questionnaire.

If you are feeling suicidal or at risk of harm we would strongly advise you to make an urgent GP appointment to discuss this. If you are yet to register with a GP, please find a GP.

We would also encourage you to talk to a friend or family member about how you are feeling or to contact a helpline for some support – numbers are provided below.



Mental Health Foundation


It Gets Brighter

Time to Change


Best wishes
Counselling, Health & Wellbeing Team

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