"Let's be honest, everyone is happy to talk about mental health until someone actually has a mental health problem"
This year we identified students' Mental Health as our top priority campaign. Across the country there has been a rise in students suffering from a number of mental health issues, often going undiagnosed with a lack of support. We don't want to stand for that anymore.
We are ready to start talking about mental health in an open and honest way.
We believe that addressing the stigma around mental health, equipping students to support each other, and increasing the awareness and provision of support available are fundamental to make Anglia Ruskin a community who genuinely cares for each other.
In line with the recent HEPI report we have put together the following three objectives.
- The Anglia Ruskin community will be educated about mental health issues and the services available to students;
We have created a survey to find out about the current mental health of our students and what support services they are aware of. We will then use this research to inform our future work in the creation of wellbeing guidance, staff toolkits and the development and promotion of existing services to improve students’ wellbeing and mental health.
- Students feel comfortable talking about mental health issues and are equipped to support each other, creating a real ethos of care within our community;
We will be working to facilitate mental health first aid training for our elected representatives (including our reps and club & society committees) and staff to enable them to effectively signpost and appropriately support our students. We will be running a #30daysofselfcare social media campaign to encourage self-care and looking after each other.
- The University will address and change if necessary, their provision relating to the mental health of our students;
We will be lobbying the University to review and change as appropriate, their current mental health provisions, including a free timetable on Wednesday afternoons, and taking an active stance against any cuts to related funding (both locally and nationally).
We would love for you to get involved in this campaign so please get in touch, and share it around!
Leigh, Grace, Precious, Jamie & Kat
Your Officer Team