Hello everybody – I hope you’ve all had a good start to Term 1 and have recovered from Welcome Week!
To make sure you are looking after yourself we are hosting Support Week this week (7th - 11th October); a chance for you to explore the various support in place and available to you through the Guild.
University can be busy, overwhelming and lonely at times, as there are academic, social and emotional pressures that can be heightened by the worry of being away from home, family and friends. So it’s unsurprising that a recent Guardian article* published talks of how almost 9 in 10 (87%) of students said they struggled with feelings of anxiety and 33% reported feeling lonely often or all of the time. University can be daunting which is reflected in these figures; however these figures also go to show that if you are struggling or feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Many of your fellow students are probably in the same situation and feeling the same as you are, so do please speak up if ever you want support and someone to talk to - that's what Support Week is all about!
We want to get you talking about your wellbeing and give you the confidence to speak up if ever you need some support, whether it be to friends, family, housemates, teammates or our professional services here at the Guild.
This week we have loads of events going on to make sure that you know how you can access support, including:
Quiz Night, 7pm – 10pm, Monday 7th October
Test your trivia in Brooks Bar (Bournbrook Pavillion) and get to know the Student Mentor Scheme, and the peer-support they can offer you whilst you’re living in halls!
Support Fair, 11am-3pm, Tuesday 8th October
Speak to staff from the Guild and the University about the help available to you should you need it, and meet like-minded people by chatting to some of our student groups.
World Mental Health Day, Thursday 10th October
Tea &Talk, 11am-3pm
On Thursday we’re hosting a Tea &Talk where you can get a cup of tea and some cake, whilst you chat to friends, fellow students and staff. It will be a very relaxed setting to take some time out of your timetable, and enjoy some activities.
Feel Good Thursday, 5pm-8pm
The Student Mentors are hosting a ‘Feel Good Thursday’ event at the Duck & Scholar on the Vale for all halls residents. There’ll be therapy dogs, a vintage clothing van, craft stalls and more!
These are just a few of the events on offer during the week, view full events here.
This week is all about working to break the stigma around mental health, encouraging you to look after yourself and others, and generally just get talking about where you can access support should you need it.
It would be great to see as many of you at these events as possible. Have a great rest of the week!
*This article is based on the results of a survey completed by 38,000 university students, read more here.