By Hollie Cooke
With one in four of us being affected by mental health illness in any year, and with the pressure that university can create, it has never been more important that individuals are supported and educated about the problem.
This week has been our annual mental health campaign, Mind Your Head Week. This year we have had the theme ‘let’s talk about the elephant in the room’, the elephant being mental health. As part of this we have had ‘an elephant’ going around campus, in an attempt to get people talking. We have also released videos with different positive messages about aspects of mental health, including the importance of friendship, the support services that are on offer, and how getting active can improve your mental wellbeing.
Beyond this campaign week, I am working with the University’s Student Support department to ensure that all students are getting the support they need. In addition to this, I am working hard to ensure that all students know about the support services on offer so that everyone knows who to turn to when they need help. I am also open to any student getting in contact with me about any problems they might have experienced in relation to any aspect of their welfare, and I will do what I can to help.