Marking World Mental Health Day

Mental health day 2012

University celebrates World Mental Health Day

The University helped mark World Mental Health Day with events across campus.

Student Support Services, based in the Student Services Centre, hosted ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’ at the Guild to demonstrate the importance of and commitment to positive mental wellbeing.

They were joined by a variety of partners including Brownlow Health, the Community Health Ambassadors, Time to Change and City Safe to offer a multi-agency initiative to promote World Mental Health Day and raise awareness of Student Safety Week.

The focus was on tackling the stigma of mental health problems, challenging discrimination, within both education and the wider community, as well as promoting personal safety and staff and students were given the opportunity to have a mini massage, nail treatment or win a prize in the free draw.

Lindsay Pendleton, Student Mental Health Adviser, said: “We were really pleased to host this event and hope that it will be part of the University’s continued commitment to student and staff wellbeing issues”.

The Disabled Staff Network hosted a free lecture, Poetry not Prozac: Depression and the Reading Revolution which was given by Dr Josie Billington and Professor Phil Davis from the Centre for Research into Reading, Information and Linguistic Systems in the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society.

The talk argued that reading serious literature can compliment other treatments such as drugs or therapeutic self-help manuals and was well attended.

There was also a chance for staff to unwind at the Staff Relaxation Session hosted by the Counselling Service, where they learned some breathing exercises.

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