As part of the Well@Wolves campaign, Thursday 2 March will see the University host Mental Health Day in the Students’ Union (Ambika Paul building, City Campus) from 11am - 4pm.
Clare Dickens, Mental Health and Wellbeing Co-ordinator at the University, said: "Although we endeavour to make every day University Mental Health Day, this specific day aims to be a one-stop shop for those that want to seek information and guidance on issues surrounding mental illness with a host of activities and events taking place on the day that students and staff can get involved with."
University Mental Health Day is an initiative led by UMHAN, a national UK charity. They are a network of mental health specialists working in the Higher/Further Education sector dedicated to, and have a practical role in, providing support to students experiencing mental health difficulties.
"The University of Wolverhampton is a UMHAN member with three accredited practitioners registered: myself, Sally Smith and Alethia Johnson," added Clare.
From having de-stress cuddles with guide dogs to lectures on emotional resilience and mindfulness, the day seeks to enlighten and build understanding around mental health and the key part it plays in our everyday lives; both for ourselves and the people around us.
Addressing the theme for this year on their website, UMHAN states that ''This year we want to build up a national community of mental health activists through our Active Mental Health campaign.
''With your help, we aim to:
1. Open up conversations about the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing.
2. Give students and staff a chance to organise social contact activities that are open to all.
3. Encourage students to build supportive social networks through activity.
4. Inspire students to put steps into place to include activity in their lives, to support their mental and physical health.
5. Increase awareness of support for those experiencing mental health difficulties that pose specific challenges around physical activity.''
Be a part of the open discussion and break the silence surrounding mental health and the stigma that coincides with it and take advantage of the fun and engaging activities available on the day.
Animal De-Stress Zone with Guide Dogs and the Animal Man (SU Venue)
Wellbeing Stalls (SU Lounge)
Mindfulness Workshop with Sarah Bruce (SU Boardroom)
Wolves Theatre Tour (meet outside Arena Theatre)
12 noon – 2pm
Emotional Resilience Workshop with Clare Dickens (SU Boardroom)
2 x 30 Minute Relaxation Sessions (12.15 and 12.45 starts) with Uni Counselling Services (MD106)
Guided Meditation with the Mindspace Society (SU Boardroom)
Tour of Wolverhampton Art Gallery (meet at Art Gallery Reception)
Find out more about University Mental Health Day here.
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