World Mental Health Day: What’s available?
10th October is World Mental Health Day, an annual day recognised by The World Health Organisation to provide an opportunity for those working on mental health issues to talk about their work and what more needs to be done. This year’s theme, chosen by the World Federation for Mental Health, is ‘young people and mental health in a changing world’.
As a Students’ Union, young people’s mental health and well being is so important to us. SUSU, as well as University of Southampton, have a number of services available to every student. We would like to take this World Mental Health Day to remind you of these services, to talk about the work being done and the work left to do.
The Advice Centre
The Advice Centre, located in Building 40, provides free, independent and confidential support to all students. They can help you with issues that could be impacting your mental health such as, finance, housing or academic issues. They also run a ‘look after your mate’ training service which allows you to be better equipped with the skills required to support your friend through tough times whilst teaching you how to look after yourself when you are helping someone else.
Southampton Nightline is a confidential listening and information service run entirely by students, for students. If you’re worried, homesick or stressed you can give them a call between 8 pm – 8 am or they have a chat online option from 8 am – 1 am.
Mind Society gathers students who are “passionate about campaigning on behalf of Mind, the mental health charity.”
They fundraise throughout the year and all proceeds gathered go directly to Solent Mind, the charity’s Hampshire branch. They also volunteer with Mind’s nation campaigns such as the Virgin London Marathon.
The Mind Society have created a number of opportunities to fundraise for Mind including, cake sales, a Christmas card competition and Halloween pumpkin carving sessions.
The Uni’s branch of Student Minds. These guys run support sessions for students, aim to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and run campaigns for mental well being.
During term time they regularly work to raise awareness and run weekly ‘positive mind groups’ to support students through low mood or mild depression.
As a part of Student Services, the University of Southampton’s Enabling Services provides a wide variety of support for students who have disabilities, mental health conditions and/or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia. They provide confidential support to all students students for those dealing with mental health issues and when appropriate, will advise you to contact services provided through the NHS, while in others cases we will suggest support provided through the University. They also have a number of self-help options which are available here.