1 in 4 of us will experience some form of mental ill health at some point this year. Not only do we need to talk about our mental health, we need to understand it and manage it as well.
"Mental Health" isn't a condition or something to be afraid of, everyone has mental health throughout our whole lives - which includes everything from your emotional, psychological and social well-being. For any number of reasons, sometimes your mental health will be positive, and sometimes you may have a dip and start to struggle. Think of your mental health like a spectrum - sometimes you'll be at one end, sometimes you might be at the other, so its important to know what you can do to help yourself when you're struggling, and also when to access professional support.
From Oct 8th - 14th, we are working with Sheffield Hallam University as well as partners from across the city to bring you a week of activities, workshops and helpful advice to get you thinking and talking about your mental health.
But it doesn't stop here. Managing your mental health is not something you can pick up one week a year, and it's not just a campaign week for us at Sheffield Hallam Students' Union. We work all year round to make sure your wellbeing is a priority, and that you know where to get help when you need it. We'll have podcasts, guest speakers, articles, free workshops and group sessions, self-help resources and support throughout the year, and it all starts here!
The Samaritans - A safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. Whatever you're going through, call The Samaritans free any time, from any phone on 116 123.
Big White Wall - A safe online community for people who are anxious, down or not coping. Available 24/7.
Nightline - A student-run, confidential, anonymous listening service. There’s no problem too big or small to call about – if it’s playing on your mind it’s important enough to call about.
Papyrus - confidential help and advice for young people and anyone worried about a young person. Call on 0800 068 4141 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Wellbeing at SHU - If you have mental health difficulties, Student Wellbeing practitioners can suggest practical coping strategies and advice to help you manage your mental health.