Be Kind to Your Mind - Mental Health Awareness Week

Be Kind to Your Mind - Mental Health Awareness Week

Trigger Warning: This blog content may contain potential triggers relating to mental health issues, particularly self-harm.



Hi everyone, this is going to be quite a personal blog post and there could be potential triggers throughout relating to mental health issues, especially self-harm.


With it being mental health week, we at the SU wanted to make the theme “what does mental health mean to you” to hopefully show that mental health means different things to a lot of people and that everyone’s interpretation is valid. For me, mental health was something that I’d always heard referenced but never really had any experience of, and I certainly never expected myself to suffer from poor mental health issues.

We all know the stigma surrounding toxic masculinity and how this contributes to issues surrounding men’s mental health and I fell victim to this. Years of feeling like I couldn’t open up and talk, led to me dealing with some serious issues down the line. I developed some very unhealthy coping mechanisms and unfortunately began to self-harm. Thankfully my friends stepped in and got me to open up and helped me attend a wellbeing appointment where I opened up even more.

Over the course of my sessions, I learned how to cope with the urges to self-harm and the opportunity to talk about my issues was honestly so relieving. I still have my bad days now but they’re much more manageable and I’ve been self-harm-free for over a year. Hopefully, my sharing my experiences will help anyone else struggling to know that they’re not alone and there is light at the end of the tunnel.

I know many people struggle to talk about their mental health and that’s why weeks like this are so important. Continuing to break down the stigma and show that is okay to not be okay is incredibly important. The more people share their experiences, the more normalised these conversations become and a world where we freely discuss mental health is a kinder world.

Throughout the week we’ll be sharing tips on dealing with study stress, we have a new episode of the Boys Don’t Cry podcast, we’ll be sharing your submissions on what mental health means to you, and I’ll be hosting a Q&A session as well. Get involved in the campaign across the week and remember to be kind to your mind.


See you soon YSJ,

Jamie x


Support Services


YSJ University Wellbeing Team

They offer online and phone chats to support you with your mental wellbeing. Speak 1-2-1 with a Wellbeing Practitioner to talk about any mental wellbeing concerns you may have.



York Mind

They are an independent local mental health charity that aims to promote recovery from mental ill-health, emotional well-being, and independent living.

Tel: 01904 643364 

Highcliffe House
Highcliffe Court
YO30 6BP


York Samaritans

Samaritans' volunteers have heard many people’s stories, and you can discuss anything you want with them in complete confidence. Samaritans often work with those who feel they cannot talk to anyone else – either because they don’t have someone they trust, or because they do not want to worry those around them. Their support services are available 24/7.

Phone: 116 123 (free to call) 

89 Nunnery Lane
YO23 1AH1.4 miles away


York Nightline

A confidential listening service run by students, for students. We don’t give advice; we’re just here to listen to whatever is on your mind.

Phone: 01904 323735 

Grimston House, University of York


The Tuke Centre

The leading charity for people with eating disorders and their families. They provide helplines for adults and young people, message boards, online chat groups, and emotional overeating support groups online to help people beat their eating disorders.

Phone: 01904 430370 

The Tuke Centre
28 Green Dykes Lane
YO10 3HH0,


Anxiety UK

Charity providing support if you have been diagnosed with an anxiety condition.

Phone: 03444 775 774 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5.30pm)



CALM is the Campaign Against Living Miserably. A charity providing a mental health helpline and webchat.

Phone: 0800 58 58 58 (daily, 5pm to midnight)


No Panic

Voluntary charity offering support for sufferers of panic attacks and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Offers a course to help overcome your phobia or OCD.

Phone: 0300 772 9844 (daily, 10am to 10pm). Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone provider's Access Charge

Rethink Mental Illness

Support and advice for people living with mental illness.

Phone: 0300 5000 927 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4pm)  


Headspace App

An app to practice meditation and mindfulness to help manage sleep, stress and anxiety. Headspace Guide to Meditation is also available on Netflix.