Sunderland students to mark University Mental Health Day

Sunderland students to mark University Mental Health Day

Students in Sunderland are being encouraged to speak up for University Mental Health Day on Thursday, March 7.

As mental health becomes a growing concern for many, the national awareness day will see students partake in a number of events across campus.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics, released last year, show an increase in student suicides across the UK, while the number of students reporting mental health difficulties has risen fivefold in the last 10 years.

In keeping with this year’s theme, UK universities are promoting “the power of using your voice” and student wellbeing services are encouraging those with experience of mental ill-health to help shape future policy.

Sessions will be held throughout the day for students to access support and advice, as well as having their say on the future of student mental health at Sunderland.

The Students’ Union will host a community cafe at Bede’s Bakehouse, near St Peter’s Campus, while second year Event Management students have organised an evening of live performances and entertainment at City Space. The event, ‘What’s On Your Mind’, hopes to raise awareness and tackle the stigma around mental health, an obstacle for many in accessing support.  

Mandi Purvis, President of Wellbeing at the Students’ Union said: “Sunderland Students’ Union are very pleased to be hosting a number of events to celebrate University Mental Health Day. We’re aware that mental health is a growing concern amongst students and we are very keen to offer support – from free, independent, confidential advice to campaigns and social activities aimed at bringing students together to break down the stigma around mental health, make friends and have fun.”

Sport Development Officer, Rob Graham, has been working on a wider project with Adventure Sunderland to alleviate and prevent mental health issues among students through physical activity outdoors.

Mr Graham commented: “It’s important to the Institute of Sport that our students progress both academically and personally during their time here. That includes all aspects of their health including physical and emotional well-being. Our Adventure through Wellbeing project combines physical activity outdoors to improve students mental health.”

For more information and full programme of events click here

To make a confidential suggestion to Student Wellbeing services contact wellbeing@sunderland.ac.uk

Sarah Sinclair

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