4 WAYS TO RAISE AWARENESS OF UNIVERSITY MENTAL HEALTH DAY

26 Feb 2021 | Student Advice

Being in such a challenging time, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are dealing with heightened emotions and some are facing struggles surrounding mental health. This is especially true for us students. Myself along with many others can empathise with everyone in the education system, from struggling to focus on Zoom to loosing motivation at times, we’ve all faced the worst of it. This is why this year’s University Mental Health Day is very important. Raising awareness for University Mental Health Day 2021 is easier than you may think, you don’t have to move mountains to make a massive difference.

1. Get your story out there!

This one may sound simple, but by making some subtle changes you could make bedtime considerably easier. I personally avoid caffeine in the afternoon and try to have my evening meal between 6:30pm and 7pm, to allow time for digestion before bed.

2. Get creative to spread the word

Opening up and being so personal is not a necessary step to raise awareness for Mental Health Day though, and instead you could take a different approach. I’ve seen so many informative and comforting posters around the City at times. Creating posters or banners to put throughout the streets is also a nice way to spread the word and get the whole city involved, not just students and staff at the university.

3. Remove the stigma by talking to your peers

As well as creating posters, you could also go one step further and arrange for yourself or others to give a talk in the university or in your workplace. Though a lot of people know about the importance of mental health, a lot don’t. Giving a talk to people who perhaps aren’t affected as bad could raise further awareness as it could remove some stigma. We’ve come a long way from locking people in hospitals when they show any sign of behaviour that is out of the ordinary, but there is still a stigma with some members of the public that mental health should be pushed under the rug and not spoken about. This is especially true for men, where it’s known that they’re less likely to talk about their emotions.

4. Be there as a shoulder to cry on

That explains the importance of just talking. Perhaps the most basic way of raising awareness for University Mental Health Day 2021 but also one of the most effective. Encouraging everyone around you to open up a little bit and talking to individuals openly could create a more supportive community. This is important because as we know, though the university is having a mental health awareness day, the struggles people go through are not just one day. The best way we could raise awareness for mental health is to let people know it’s okay to open up. We can do that by setting examples and not being ashamed to talk about mental health, which affects more than half of the population.

Whether sharing your story or letting others know you’re there to help them, any contribution to the University Mental Health Awareness Day 2021 is a massive contribution. Sometimes the smallest of gestures can make the biggest difference.

By Ellie Harding

We are supporting #UniMentalHealthDay. For more ways to get involved, visit Student Minds website here. 

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