University Mental Health Day (3rd March)

health photoThe next University Mental Health Day will be on Thursday, 3rd March 2016 in 3rd Space in the Student Union .  The Student Wellbeing Service will be running a day of events to raise awareness of student and staff mental health and wellbeing, help reduce the stigma of mental health problems by increasing awareness of how common mental health difficulties are within the University community, and the things everyone can do to improve their mental health.

The University of Portsmouth Mental Health and Wellbeing Day is an annual event to promote the mental health of those who live and work in higher education settings.  The initiative was started by UMHAN (University Mental Health Advisers Network) in 2012 and is supported by Student Minds and members of the Alliance for Student-Led Wellbeing.  The event will include a variety of free taster sessions including music, art, crochet, hula hooping, wave, mindfulness and Yoga workshops and a pop-up Wellbeing advice service. Around 25 information stalls from around the University and external local community groups packed with useful free resources, information and freebies.

From 1:00 pm lively presentations will take place from staff, students, Student Union and external speakers.  Dr Denise Meyer, Counselling Lead within the Student Wellbeing Service will deliver a presentation on “Using Social Media to Support Students”, introducing the newly launched WhatsUp app and Silvercloud.   Steve Daley, Student Wellbeing Adviser at the University, will discuss Peer Support at the University and how this is being developed.  Jamie Mitchell, VP for Welfare & Community, will discuss the launch of the “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” campaign.  Students will talk about their personal experiences of mental health and their development of a Student-Led Wellbeing Society as a response to their own difficulties and to support other students. Our guest speaker this year is Dave Chawner, an award-winning stand-up comedian. He will deliver his “Normally Abnormal” show which takes a hilarious look at identity, recovery and life after eating disorders.  Dave is ambassador for BEAT (Beating Eating Disorders), MIND and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). The presentations will close with a live music performance by Manchester based musician Vinny Peculiar and students who took part in the music workshop earlier in the day.

Staff and students are invited to the Waterhole bar at the Student Union between 5:00-7:00 pm to relax and unwind to more live music from Vinny Peculiar and students.

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