The event, held in the Union of Students, was the first of a series of meetings run by the Mental Wealth Project, which aims to promote and support student-led mental health and wellbeing initiatives across the UK.
Unlike many other illnesses, mental health problems are often undiagnosed but can be just as debilitating. A number of stigmas and stereotypes are commonly associated with the illness, which means it is often misunderstood. As well as supporting students, the goal of the project will be to raise awareness of mental ill-health and ensure a greater understanding amongst student communities throughout the country.
The project goals are to create a network that empowers and connects student leaders of mental health and well-being across the country, establish sustainable initiatives at universities throughout the UK, and to ensure students are aware of the support available for them.
During the first meeting in Sheffield, members discussed the campus vision for mental health and wellbeing, what is currently being done to tackle these issues and what could be done in the future, and how best to establish a successful Mental Wealth Network. Through the discussion, a foundation was built for a northern network of students and staff, supporting campus mental health and wellbeing.
Jennifer Hastings, Welfare Officer at the Union of Students, said: “I think this project is so important because mental health issues have had a stigma attached to them for far too long. We need to promote the idea that mental health awareness is about so much more than illness. You don’t have to be diagnosed with a condition to have an interest in looking after your own mental wellbeing. The Mental Health Matters society has gone from strength to strength and by linking with student societies across the country, we can hope to have even more of an impact when campaigning.”
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