Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Mon 29 Jan – Fri 2 Feb


What is Mental Health Awareness Week?

Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental health problem.

In 2017, the Mental Health Foundation commissioned a survey in which 65% of people said that they had experienced personal difficulty with mental health. Only 13% considered themselves to be living with elevated levels of positive mental health. Through events such as Mental Health Awareness Week, UCASU aim to improve education and resources available to support members and tackle the problems faced by those affected.

What is UCASU doing for Mental Health Awareness Week?

Over the course of the week, we will be holding a number of events across all four campuses. These events and activities are aimed to improve mental well-being, encourage and destigmatise discussions around mental health and mental health problems.

Events

Canterbury:

Canterbury Umbrella Centre – Mon 29 Jan – 11am – 1:30pm
The Canterbury Umbrella Centre is a Charity Community Centre that is open to everybody and particularly provides support to people with mental health problems. Umbrella is located in a purpose built centre designed as a place where people can come and feel welcomed and supported.

Epsom:

LSS (Library and Student Services) | Tue 30 Jan – 11:30am – 2pm
The UCA Library and Student Services will be on site to provide general support and promote wellbeing to students.

Lovemelovemymind.org.uk | Tue 30 Jan – 11:30am – 2pm
Love Me Love My Mind is a small registered charity based in Epsom Surrey which aims to promote better understanding of mental health and to support the wellbeing of everyone in the community.

Rainbow Gym | Tue 30 Jan – 11:30am – 2pm
The Rainbow Gym will be here promoting improving your mental health through healthy living and exercise.

Farnham:

Talk Plus Stall | Mon 29 Jan – 11:30am – 1:30pm | Fri 2 Feb – 11:30am – 1:30pm
Talk Plus are part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, providing support to people with common mental health problems in North East Hampshire and Farnham.

Rochester:

TBC
Details to be confirmed.

Resources:

For more information relating to mental health issues, please see the following websites.

Nightline – www.nightline.org.uk
Self Care – www.blurtitout.org/resource/self-care-info/
LGBTQ+ – switchboard.lgbt/
Jewish – www.jewishhelpline.co.uk/
Muslim – www.myh.org.uk/
Women – www.womensaid.org.uk/
Canterbury Umbrella – canterburyumbrella.co.uk/contact/
Live Well Kent – livewellkent.org.uk/
Safe Haven Epsom – www.sabp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/adult/safe-havens/safe-haven-epsom
Love Me love My mind – www.lovemelovemymind.org.uk/
Mine – www.mind.org.uk/information-support/guides-to-support-and-services/peer-support-directory/find-peer-support-in-the-south/#surrey
Mind Matters – www.mindmattersnhs.co.uk/
BiPolarUK – www.bipolaruk.org/find-a-support-group
Safe Haven Aldershot – www.sabp.nhs.uk/services/mental-health/adult/safe-havens/safe-haven-aldershot

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