Mental Health Week has started today (Monday 7th October). UWE Students’ Union will be taking part in World Mental Health Awareness Week through a series of activities talking about Mental Health, what good Wellbeing means to our students and challenging perceptions on Mental Health.

Throughout the week we will be visiting several of our campuses with information about the Mental Health Campaign and looking to talk to as many of you as possible on what makes you happy and what you believe the key to happiness is. We also want to challenge your perceptions on Mental Health to initiate a change in culture and attitudes to those that may be affected by it.

There will be information stalls, cakes on sale, a film evening and even involvement in the Sunday night quiz!

We will be visiting these locations on each day:

Monday 7th: Bower Ashton Campus

Tuesday 8th: Frenchay Campus

Wednesday 9th: Glenside Campus

Thursday 10th: Bower Ashton, Glenside, St. Matt’s and Frenchay Campuses

Friday 11th: St. Matt’s Campus

Your Vice-President Community and Welfare, Thomas Renhard, said:

“Approximately one in four people will be affected with Mental Health issues in their lifetime and it is important that they feel they can come forward and talk openly about it, as well as get the support you would need like how you would go to the Doctor’s if suffering from a physical illness that required a visit.

There has begun to be a shift in attitudes but there is still a lot of work to do and  we all play an important role in challenging perceptions and stigma, whether as individuals or as part of a wider organisation.”

We are also looking for individuals to get involved in our ‘student stories’ research where anybody that has experienced Mental Health issues themselves, or been touched by an experience of a family member or friend can come forward and talk openly about it either by writing a short piece for it or recording a short video. If you are interested in being involved in this then please contact your Vice-President Community and Welfare, Thomas Renhard, at: vpcommwelfare@uwe.ac.uk

Please check out the link below for information on the events taking place throughout the week:

http://www.uwesu.org/events/13339/2440/

Friday 11th October will also see the launch of our Exercise SG programme designed for those with Mental Health issues to take part in a different activity each week designed to improve wellbeing with exercise and promote the benefits of physical activity on your Mental Health. Keep your eyes peeled for more information on this exciting new initiative.

Hope to see you all getting involved throughout the week!