We're passionate about supporting our students to be healthy and to reach their full potential whilst at University. Mental health plays a key role in this. In the past year we've worked closely with University support services and external partners to deliver a range of activities around University Mental Health Day, World Mental Health Day, and Mental Health Awarness Week. We also ran various campaigns and events during Welcome Week, Varsity, and during exam and assessment periods.
Run by a couple from Birmingham, the 'Off the Scale' bus sells vintage clothing at bargain prices.They facilitate ways to have open conversations on how University life is going and where to seek further support if you need it. We trained volunteers, through Mind, in having these conversations. The bus has been a great success and we're looking forward to seeing it become a regular feature on campus.
Based in Coventry and Warwickshire, It Takes Balls to Talk wants to get men talking about their health and feelings, using outreach at sporting venues. We were to delighted to be able to help launch the first pilot of the scheme in Worcestershire. During our Varsity 'Worcester Wednesday' at University Arena, staff from Worcester and Gloucester University counselling services joined student volunteers, and the campaign's founder Alex Cotton, in promoting the initiative. We're hoping to work with the It Takes Balls to Talk team on a number of further initiatives.
Throughout exam and assessment periods the SU hosts regular crafternoon sessions. We encourage our students to take the time to chill out and put their minds to something a little bit more relaxing. This year we've been making bookmarks, decorating wine glasses, and popping lots and lots of bubble wrap. We'll be hosting some more crafternoons during Welcome Week and throughout the academic year.
Everyone loves a puppy and what could be better than a Guide Dog puppy? We've invited the Guide Dogs team to the SU on a number of occassions to help our students relax, smile, and become smitten with the dogs (let's just say not a lot of work gets done on these days). Our furry friends have been a big hit on campus with students and staff and we can't wait to have them back again next year!
If you have any ideas on how we can support students' mental health, please get in touch with us here. We'd love to hear from you.