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Be Kind to Your Mind
Published: 2nd March 2020, 9:00am
Thursday 5 March is University Mental Health Day. I will be running a campaign alongside the University’s Wellbeing department and their theme for the year, Be Kind to Your Mind.
It’s incredibly important that we keep talking in order to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health, but that we also understand that its totally OK to not be OK, especially as a student, which can be an overwhelming experience at times.
I often find myself using the term ‘adulting’, which I think sort of explains how I felt to be a student. Everyone’s in this bubble of going on nights out, socialising with friends, having deadlines, exams and working part time jobs and it can be difficult to adapt and juggle between all the different hats you have to wear at once.
In the midst of everything going on recently, especially in the media and online, it is so important that you look after yourself and your mates. We need to be uplifting one another, and not tearing one another down. We need to be mindful of the impact that our chosen words have on one another. Could that comment hurt someone? Am I taking to much on at the moment? All of these are normal experiences, but its so important to try and sympathise, to put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and also be aware of all the support that the University has to offer.
To stand in solidarity in the fight to breaking down the barriers created by stigma, I have created a video where our students discuss the how they are Kind to Their Mind, and the importance of doing so.
There will be several events happening on campus this day. The Students’ Union specifically will be doing a Pres of Campus to gain feedback on the support you receive at University. Come find me on campus on Thursday to tell me what you think!
If you, or a mate is struggling, here are some useful signposting contact details:
YSJ Wellbeing Team: Student Services Desk [email protected]
Samaritans National Helpline: 116 113
Samaritans York Helpline: 01904 655888
NHS: 111 (non-emergency) / 999 (emergency)
IDAS York: 03000110110
Changing Lives York Drug and Alcohol Service: 01904 464680 / [email protected]