The University of Cumbria is one of over 100 universities taking an active part in University Mental Health Day on Thursday 2 March 2017.
As well as taking part in a day of events aiming at promoting the cause, the university has just recruited two new mental health case workers to help develop the services offered on all the main campuses.
“We are seeing a growing demand for help,” according to Dave Wilson, psychological well being manager for library and student services.
With the challenges of leaving home, making new friends as well as learning about a new area as well as the academic demands of life at university, Dave and his colleagues are only too keen to offer help and advice.
“The theme of University Mental Health Day this year is Active Mental Health and aims to encourage greater involvement in activities which help maintain good mental as well as physical wellbeing,” Dave says. Events will be taking place on campus in Lancaster, Carlisle and Ambleside to publicise the range of help that’s on offer at the university.
Campaigners have this advice for students to help develop better mental health:
1. Open up conversations about the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing.
2. Give students and staff a chance to organise social contact activities that are open to all.
3. Encourage students to build supportive social networks through activity.
4. Inspire students to put steps into place to include activity in their lives to support their mental and physical health.
5. Increase awareness of support for those experiencing mental health difficulties that pose specific challenges around physical activity.