It’s OK to not be OK
When things become too much, we're here with a series of events to help enhance positive student mental health
It's important to remember that you are human and that it's OK to not be OK!
People may look at you and think you're OK, you look normal, how can there be something wrong with you? But that's just it, depression, anxiety and other issues can affect anybody at anytime and you may think it will never affect you, but if it does, help is available.
This week, commencing 9th March we are focusing on our #UPSUok campaign and bringing you speaker events that open up discussions on mental health and the stigma as well as sessions that can help combat poor mental health and equip you will skills to be more productive. Below you will find what's on this week to support your mental health!
Our #UPSUok wristbands were designed as a way to remove the stigma around mental health and promote support services everyone can access should you feel alone. So come and grab your wristband and show your support throughout the week.
You can also take part in our campaign to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing at University. Share your experiences on social media with the hashtag #UPSUok or share a picture with your It's OK to not be OK wristband.
Wednesday 11th March 2020 | 1pm
Meeting Room 4, Students' Union
Become a productivity ninja with top tips on time management, organisation and communication that you can practically apply to your study and course.
UPSU presents to you, Ninja Training, delivered by UPSU’s very own Chief Executive, Anna Clodfelter. There are limited spaces, so book your place now!
Thursday 12th March 2020 | 5:30pm
Rianna Wilmott is the co-author of ’The Colour of Madness’. A seminal BAME led & curated anthology, comprised of poetry, fiction, essays, memoirs and art submitted by BAME writers, academics, mental health workers, artists and those still navigating life with mental health problems. Exploring the BAME mental health experience in the UK.
Rianna will be doing a talk about the book and the impact it’s had, while doing a reading of an extract, in addition to questions and answers afterwards.
Friday 13th March 2020 | 5:30pm
A speaker event on students’ mental health
Dr. Thomas Richardson, an NHS Clinical Psychologist and researcher | Dr. Thomas Richardson, a Clinical Psychologist and researcher in the NHS will talk about his research on how financial difficulties and loneliness can impact wellbeing in students, and strategies and services which might be helpful
Denise Meyer, Head of Student Wellbeing | Talking about the Compassionate Mind Model as a foundation for both individual and community wellbeing.
Lewis Jefferies, MA Media and Communication Student | Five minute screen of Lewis Jefferies Visuals production, “FEAR” followed by Lewis’ journey with mental health. Lewis has also written three mental health books (all titled ‘Mental Health and Me’), all of which focus on his personal mental health journey, what he went through and how he recovered. Lewis is also a mental health campaigner for the charity Mind, where they share thoughts and ideas to propose to the government.
We may be raising awareness this week, but we are very aware that mental health can affect you all year around. Please know that there are several support services available to help you with a variety of situations across the University and Union. You are not alone.
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