Monday, 03 March 2014
The University of Worcester last month marked the annual University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day with a series of events aimed at reducing the stigma around mental illness.
The University’s Student Services team, Mental Health Advisors and the Students’ Union joined forces to host a number of activities, including urging staff and students to pledge to perform a ‘random act of kindness’.
Head of Student Services, Caryn Thorogood, made the first pledge of the day, and she was followed by students and staff who made pledges including donating spare change to charity, volunteering, cooking a meal for a family member and offering to help friends or strangers in need.
Lisa Edmed, Mental Health Advisor at the University, explains: “The idea of our pledge wall was to promote good mental wellbeing. Being kind to others makes us feel good, and can brighten someone else’s day.
“We had plenty of interest from students and staff, and it was great to see so many people making pledges.”
Alongside the pledge wall, staff were on hand to offer mental health advice and guidance, details on mindfulness workshops and information on a variety of mental health issues, while cosmetics firm Lush offered free hand massages.
University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day takes place on the third Wednesday of February each year, and encourages universities and students to talk about and tackle mental health problems.
Lisa Edmed continues: “The aim of the day is to reduce the stigma around mental health and mental illness, and to encourage students to talk more about their mental health.
“As a University, it is important we make clear our support to students who experience mental illness and raise awareness of the excellent counselling and mental health service we have within the University.”