Time to talk about the elephant in the room
On the 6th May the Captains of the Sports Groups will be attending the National Student Minds and BUCS pilot programme which aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and what sports teams can do to facilitate any issues for their members. The session is from 1pm-3pm in SUSU, after this session the Captains will meet in the Concourse to launch the start of the Elephant in the Room campaign.
The Elephant in the Room campaign is encouraging a greater discussion regarding mental health, in specific removing stigma (it’s ok to not be ok) and developing tools to encourage engagement in sport. The campaign launch will also feature a mental health survey and videos, which aim to bring awareness to mental health.
1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. The overall number of people with mental health problems has not changed significantly in recent years, but worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. Our campaign aims to both support our members if they so need, and to make our members aware of mental health.
If you’re struggling with your mental health there are several sources provided by volunteers, the university and SUSU listed below.