University Mental Health Day!

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University Mental Health Day Actvities!


This year’s University Mental Health day is all about the power of using your voice. We all have mental health, we all have stories to share and we can all use our voices to shape the future of student mental health. Join us on Thursday 7th of March 2019 as we inspire conversations, take action and create change!


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Before scrolling further, make sure you click on the pictures and click download images to see the images and links found in the newsletter!


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Whats on the day... 

1. Free Art Workshop - Free

2. Papyrus - Prevention of Young Suicide - Stall

3. Young Gamblers Education Trust - Stall


Throughout the month...

4. Doggy De-Stress Day!

5. Suggestion Boxes - Have your say about Mental Health Issues

6. Arty Folks - 4 Week Art Program 

7. Mindfulness Exercises & Apps!

8. Leaflets and Flyers

9. Students Union Advice Centre Information


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Whats on...

1. Free Art Workshop & Discussion!

Brittany and Carlo are two third year Illustration Students who are providing a free workshop aimed for any student who would like to use art and have open discussions on Mental Health. 

There is no level of required art, all students regardless of ability are invited and encouraged to come. We will provide all the necessary materials to create!

The workshop will roughly run for an hour and a half:

- Introductions; Carlo and Brittany will go over why they designed the workshop with a brief background on how art can provide a santuary 

- A group drawing activity, drawing ones manifestation of their current mental state. 

- If people are feeling comfortable, discussions on what people have drawn

- Next up will be a calming exercise, by using mendala, and discussion of recovery stategies and coping mechanisms to deal with mental health.

- Group discussion on good strategies, to take note or ask questions.

- Thank you's and information on helpful organisations, apps, websites etc. that can be helpful in relation to mental health

Come along to Meeting Room 2, 12pm - 2pm, Click here to sign up!


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2. Papyrus - Prevention Of Young Suicide

On Thursday 07.03.2019 from 11am - 2pm Papyrus will have a stall booked out in the Hub!



Papyrus is a charity organisation that looks to:

  • Provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person
  • Help others to prevent young suicide by working with and training professionals
  • Campaign and influence national policy

Here are some of the facts and issues being faced by organisations such as Papyrus:

Suicide has become the biggest killer for men aged 19 - 25.

Students facing Common Mental Disorders has risen from 15% up to 19%.

75% of mental health problems are established by the age of 25.

Student suicide rates have increased by 52% since 2000/01, reaching 4.7 per 100,000 of the population in 2016/17

Statistics provided by the education policy institute found at:


The organisation will be handing out Hopecards and information for students who might be interested in Volunteering with the organisation. 

To find out more about Papyrus click the link here!


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3. Young Gamblers Education Trust 

Is an organisation that enhance understanding, raise awareness and help young people. There will be flyers, notepads and pens as well as promoting the new Scrabit App that helps young people to take back control of their device usage! 


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4. Doggy De-stress Day!

We’ve got great news! We’re getting dogs back on campus! not one, not two, but seven ! That’s right seven bundles of fluff for you to enjoy! 

So come join us and chill out with some amazing companions!


March 21st, from 1 - 2.30pm in the DML room on the third floor of the library! 

Click here to register your interest!

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5. Mental Health Suggestion Boxes

We understand that for some, talking about mental health and wellbeing can be difficult. To combat this your Mental Health Officer requested the purchase of see through suggestion boxes; every two weeks, these boxes will have a different question regarding Mental Health that we would love for your to answer anonymously! We will then use this to help create more appropriate events and activities.

You will find the box on the white reception desk on the first floor of The Hub! 


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6. Arty Folks - 4 week; Arts and Mental Health Workshop!


Arty-Folks is more than an art group: we are a community of like-minded people with a passion for the visual arts.  We offer Art as Therapy to help people who feel at a low point in life and who are struggling with mental ill health on their recovery journey and to achieve mental well-being.

The workshop will take place every Wednesday afternoon in the Hub, Meeting Room 1 from 4pm - 6pm. You do not need to bring anything, all materials will be provided and all students are invited to come along, regardless of abilities!

To find out more and book your space on the workshop email Nicole Desouza at:


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7.  Mindfullness Exercises & Apps!


Click here to read the full article!


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8. Leaflets & Flyers

We have currently have two different types of leaflets and flyers for you to come collect from the Hub, these can be found on the message board next to the white reception desk on the first floor - or come to office 1.25 to grab your free, informative booklets to read at your own pace!

Mental Health UK - 'How Does It Really Feel?'

The Disabled Students Community are also running their 'Little Notes Of Happiness' project. Find out more here.

The BAME Student Community are also producing a video to remove the stigma around Mental Health, keep your eyes peeled on CUSU social media to see it! 

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9.  Students Union Advice Centre Information

SUAC Students’ Union Advice Centre (SUAC) is a free, independent and confidential service for all students. We give advice and support, and provide representation when necessary, on a wide range of problems including housing, consumer law, cheating and plagiarism, internal disciplinary and complaints. If we cannot provide the help you need we will refer you on to an agency that specialises in your inquiry. We offer face to face advice via appointments and drop ins, email and Skype advice and a telephone service.

Find out more, click the link found here!


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