TACKLING STIGMA AND RAISING MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS
Headucate comes to the University of Birmingham...
Who are we?
A brand new mental health student organisation set up in 2012 which started it's life at UEA and has now been brought to UoB (woohoo)! We are a highly motivated and passionate group who are very excited about our new society!
What do we do?
Our main aim for the society is to raise awareness of mental health in schools; running small workshops with children and teenagers to tackle common misconceptions about mental health issues and to tackle associated stigma.
Why do we do it?
It is thought that about 50% of lifelong mental illnesses are established by age 14. In total, mental illness affects about 10% of young people and most do not seek help. Despite this, in most schools there is very little or no mental health education. We believe that as university students we are in a good position to reach these young people and be a part of tackling this important issue. In running these workshops, we will also develop our own skills and awareness.
How do we do it?
The workshops are activity-based and focus on unveiling myths, giving a basic awareness of mental health and signposting to appropriate help. They are run by small groups of the society's members and we will give you all the training you need.
We run a variety of evening talks for members of the society, the university and the general public during the year on topics surrounding mental health, psychiatry and psychology delivered by professionals and organisations working in the area.
President: Fern Sleeman
Vice President: Ksenia Hajduk
Secretary: Morgan Yard
Treasurer: Anastasia Tsioukanara
Publicity Officer: Elena McCafferty
Events Officers: Jenny Dewhirst
Fundraising Officer: Emilia Marchant
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/headucateuob/
Twitter Page: https://twitter.com/HeaducateUoB
Website (being updated): http://www.headucate.org.uk/
A new group established in November 2015
Groups - 0121 415 8950
RA's - 0121 415 8949