Thursday 1st March marks 2018’s University Mental Health Day, a national campaign run to focus efforts on promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in Higher Education settings across the country. Lead by Student Minds www.studentminds.org.uk , the national charity for student mental health, and the University Mental Health Advisers Network www.umhan.com , UMHD18 is one of the biggest days in the Students’ Union’s calendar, and we have worked alongside our colleagues at SHU to bring together an amazing programme of activities and events for students and staff to help you take a bit of time to think about your own mental health, and how you might be able to support those around you. This year’s theme is “community”, and we want to raise awareness about the role that connecting with your community and finding a sense of belonging can play in promoting positive mental health.
As staff, it is easy to find yourself wrapped up in the day-to-day activities that are part and parcel of your role here at SHU, and you may often find yourself forgetting to take the time to think about yourself and your own wellbeing. As we all know, studying at University can be an extremely stressful time in any student’s life, with pressures coming from all angles - academically, financially and personally. To help the SHU Community take some time to reflect on mental health and wellbeing, we have an amazing programme of events being delivered throughout the day on Thursday 1st March.
Guest Speaker - We are delighted to welcome mental health campaigners Jonny Benjamin and Neil Laybourn to Sheffield Hallam University, to discuss the topic of mental health and before hosting a Q&A session. Jonny and Neil’s incredible story, documented in Channel 4’s “The Stranger on the Bridge”, lead them on an unbelievable journey and we are thrilled to be hosting this event which is free to attend and open to staff, students and members of the public. Reserve your seat here tiny.cc/jonnybenjamin
Eat Well Social – the first in a series of events, the Eat Well Social brings students together to socialise and connect over a delicious vegan-friendly meal, cooked by the award-winning chefs from the SHU catering team who will also be running an exciting live cooking demonstration
Pop Pilates Give it a Go Session - SHSU are proud to be working with The Happiness Bootcamp again to bring you the opportunity to try out Pop Pilates down at The HUBS- www.facebook.com/events/1749103561822594/
Guided Sheffield Street Art Walks - one of the best ways to connect with your community is to get out and about! Sheffield has a rich and vibrant street art scene, and these guided walks from City Campus (11am and 1pm) are a great way to unearth some hidden treasures.
Table Tennis – The Sheffield Hallam Active team will be out and about across both campuses to help get you active and connecting with others, so make sure you stop by for a quick game of table tennis wherever you see one of their tables!
Volunteering Fair – One of the best ways to connect and give back to the local community is through volunteering, and the SHSU Volunteering Team will be running their second huge volunteering fair of the year at Sheffield Town Hall from 1pm-4pm. There will be hundreds of opportunities to get involved with local organisations, so make sure you drop by and see how you can use your skills, or gain new ones, by volunteering in Sheffield
Stress Management Workshop (students only) - as part of our Skills and Training programme, SHSU will be delivering a free Stress Management Workshop to help students find ways to reduce stress during their time at university
It would be brilliant to see as many of you as possible at these events, so take this opportunity to get involved! We will also have staff on information stalls across both City and Collegiate Campus who will be looking to speak to as many of you as possible to find out what you do to look after your own mental health, how you connect with the community and to let you know where you or those around you can access support if you ever need to – so make sure you stop by and say “hi!” if you see any of us!
Davey Silver - SHSU Education Officer 17/18