1 - 5 March, 2021
University Mental Health Day is an annual event where universities around the country make mental health a priority, raising awareness, getting staff and students talking about the subject, and looking at ways to improve wellbeing. As a national event, it is run jointly by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisors Network.
Mental health is a major public health issue. According to the national charity, MIND, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England; while 1 in 6 report experiencing a common mental health problem (like anxiety and depression) in any given week in England.
It is time we had more conversations about mental health, especially given the challenges many of you may have faced and may still be facing in the midst of the COVID pandemic. Let us spend a bit of time to ask others how they really are and to listen, and also to take care of our own wellbeing by doing things that nurture us and to reach out for support when we need it. It’s OK not to be OK.
The day has been turned into a week of wellbeing activities open to both students and staff to take part in, so take some well deserved time out to look after yourself.