University Mental Health Day.

So, this Thursday (March 7th) is University Mental Health Day.

You can click on the following links to get your own resources, find out about events taking place throughout the country and information about how to get involved.

I am hoping that all Uni's from around the country will be getting involved, but I know for a fact that Solent University are and here is what they're offering on the day.

This year's theme is 'Use Your Voice'.

"We all have mental health, we all have a voice, we all have stories to share. Your voice can shape the future of mental health. Join us as we inspire conversations, take action and create change through different activities around campus.

In the Atrium from 12 – 2pm there will be a variety of information stands from external organisations, Solent staff and students from Applied Human Nutrition and Psychology. There will also be activities such as head and neck massages, Reiki, mindful colouring and asset mapping."

Sessions running throughout the day are:

11 – 12pm

Not always rainbows and glitter – good mental health for LGBTQ+ students and staff


Staff and students

11.30 -12pm

Time for you


Staff and students

12 – 2pm

Information stands and activities

Atrium, The Spark

Staff and students

No booking required

12 – 1pm

Relax and unwind



Turn up on first come first served basis

12 – 1pm

Seated yoga and relaxation sessions


Staff and students

1 – 2pm

Launch of University Mental Health Day

Palmerston Lecture Theatre

Staff and students

2 pm

Walk to Wellbeing


Staff and students

Meet at information stand in the Spark

2 – 3pm

How to address student disclosure


Academic staff

2 – 2.45pm

3 – 3.45pm

Turn a Page (Bibliotherapy)



No booking required

2 – 3pm

3 – 4pm

Food & mood: baking healthy snacks


Staff and students

3 – 4.30pm




No booking required

3 – 5pm

Managing anxiety (a CBT approach)



No booking required

I was extremely happy and excited to read yesterday that Solent Uni will be the first joining a Time to Change partnership which will tackle mental health stigma in Hampshire. After being a Time To Change Champion whilst I worked for iTalk (Solent Mind) I am hoping to get involved as much as I can whilst I'm still studying.

As I wrote in my last post 'Being a Student with Mental Illness' I think it's so important that there is enough support and resources for not only students, but also staff at all Universities, colleges, schools and we need to keep the conversations around mental health going.

For those studying or working at Solent University you can also take part in the SO SUK? Mental Wellbeing Survey 2019 - simply click the link.

Will you be taking part in #UMHD19? If so I'd love to hear your plans, or suggestions on how your Uni can improve when it comes to mental health and wellbeing.

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