University Mental Health Day!
Over the past few years mental health and wellbeing has become an important topic of conversation, but since the beginning of the pandemic the concern and conversations surrounding an individual’s mental wellbeing have become even more prevalent. Days like University Mental Health Day are even more crucial as the mental wellbeing of students has been severely affected by the ongoing pandemic.
About University Mental Health Day
University Mental Health Day is run jointly by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisors Network, working hard to change the narrative surrounding the mental wellbeing of students. In recent years students have either been described as ‘generation snowflakes’ or ‘vulnerable young people in crisis’ – creating a harmful stigma around students’ mental health and them seeking help.
As there are roughly 2.3 million students in the UK, work needs to be done to improve the overall university experience, allowing students not only to thrive academically but also mentally – meaning there is a great need for universities to place a stronger emphasis on students wellbeing, especially during the ongoing pandemic.
NUS president stated: “it is deeply troubling that students are not getting the support they need, with only 29% of those reporting worse mental health accessing services.” Showing why University Mental Health Day is so important as it raises the awareness that is needed!
How Students Mental Health is being affected by the ongoing Pandemic
Mind Charity conducted a survey regarding the mental wellbeing of students during the first lockdown in 2020. They discovered that 73% of students said their mental health had declined during the first lockdown, and that in comparison to adults, young people’s mental health was more severely affected.
Kate Lister, lecturer at The Open University, stated: “so many students feel vulnerable, disfranchised, and feel like they’re not part of the university…” These common feelings among students relate to the figures that show, 57% of students are interacting less with other students at their universities, 53% less with friends, and 65% less with clubs and societies. Meaning their work-life balance at university has been extremely impacted, as there is lack of a social life to be had.
Not only do students have to worry about completing university under the current circumstances, but there is also the worry of job prospects, and lack of support offered once graduating. Especially since the majority of current university students will be graduating into a pandemic/the aftermath of it.
Ways to cope and manage your mental health while being a student
Clearly there is no ‘normal’ way to respond to the current circumstance everyone is living through, therefore experiencing difficulties throughout the pandemic, is completely understandable. Your feelings may also change from day to day as lots of things are out of your control.
Here are some ways to check in with your mental health and help those around you:
- Talk to someone you trust
- Seek out help if you feel you need it
- Use online peer support, offered through your universities
- Be cautious of your media intake, information overload is extremely prevalent today
- Take care and be kind to yourself
We, at Talent Courtyard, know the value and importance of one’s wellbeing, work-life balance and mental health, and have recently launched our crowdfunding, hopefully allowing us to reach a greater audience of people. Through our crowdfunding, we are offering discounts on our workshops and events, making them £8 instead of the usual £20. Not only making them more accessible for students on a budget, but also through purchasing a ticket you will be helping us, a company whose main focus is on improving individual’s wellbeing!