Queen Mary Students’ Union hopes today’s events will shine a light on the importance of looking after your mental health at university
Today marks World Mental Health Day and Queen Mary will be holding a series of activities to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding those suffering from mental health problems.
World Mental Health Day first began in 1992 and was designed to improve global mental health education, awareness and advocacy.
Celebrations at Queen Mary have been organised by the Students’ Union. There is an enormous array of activities on offer including; interactive artwork, food and information stalls, fundraising activities and lots more will all be taking place in Library Square (Mile End Campus).
The interactive artwork will allow students the opportunity to ‘chalk about’ their mental health experiences, issues, thoughts and questions. Library Square will then be paved with a unique creation of expression which will initiate a debate regarding mental health support and services across the globe.
Food and information stalls will be led by Queen Mary Absoc, Jsoc and other faith societies.
Fundraising activities have been organised by the university’s Raise and Give (RAG) team, who have selected leading mental health charity MIND as one of their three chosen charities this year. All proceeds will be directed to Tower Hamlets MIND to support local mental health services.
It is hoped that the activities will support not only local people, but also students at Queen Mary. Student mental health has been a particular cause for concern in recent months. According to a study from the National Union of Students (NUS) undertaken in April of this year, 8 out of 10 students have experienced some form of mental health problem in the last year.
For more information regarding World Mental Health Day at QMSU, please go to: https://www.facebook.com/events/1819691291645987/.
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