University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day is an annual event to promote the mental health of those who live and work in higher education settings.
It's a brilliant opportunity to get people talking about student mental health, and to improve understanding about how to look after your own mental health and support others at university. It's the biggest day of student mental health activism in the UK, with events on campuses across the country.
The charity behind the event is called Student Minds and it’s the biggest student mental health charity. They focus on mild depression, eating disorders, and supporting supporters.
Everyone knows someone at university, and whether they're a young or mature student, the adventure is a rollercoaster which can take its toll on their mental health.
If you’re wondering how to support a student, look at our tips below;
- Sometimes it’s easier to talk openly when the focus isn’t just on the conversation you’re having. You might like to suggest going for a walk together, or invite them round for a drink or a meal.
- Remember not to put too much pressure on yourself. You're trying your best.
- Try to focus on thoughts and feelings rather than behaviours.
- Ask open questions: Open questions such as ‘What can I do to support you with that?’ give more scope for conversation and are more likely to encourage your friend to open up about their concerns.