Across the UK, including in universities, we are rightly seeing greater recognition of the importance of mental health. Each year approximately one in four people, including students, will experience mental health issues.
These statistics are reflected in the rise in the number of students we’ve seen engage with our Student Advisory & Wellbeing Services. Our teams assist thousands of students with all kinds of issues every year, for example, in 2016/17 more than 1,800 students engaged with Student Wellbeing and over 900 students used Student Counselling.
One of the ways we can all provide support is by helping our colleagues and students have the confidence to seek support if they feel they need it, and to know where to turn to. We have a range of services
available to support our students to stay happy and healthy. We also have our Employee Assistance Programme
, which provides 24/7 access to free, impartial and confidential advice and support on a range of work, personal and family issues.
This Thursday, 1 March, is University Mental Health Day
, it’s a national campaign that we are participating in and its focus is to promote the mental health of the people who live, work and study here. There are a range of activities happening this week, you can find out about them on the staff intranet
I would also encourage you to participate in the wide range of events
we have on campus throughout the year, from the lunchtime music concerts to the diverse range of lectures and talks held on campus. These activities enable you to connect with your colleagues and use the strength of our community to help to create a sense of belonging that can have a positive impact on our wellbeing.
Professor Paul Layzell