The 2nd of March marks ‘University Mental Health Day’. This is a day that is founded by Student Minds Charity, that was set up in 2010 with a focus on empowering “students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills to look after their own mental health.”
This charity operates in 35 universities across the UK and the attendance of their support groups has increased by 124% since last year. Some of their group activities and programmes are proven to be working as it was reported that their Positive Minds Course, a 6-week programme for students with mild depression, showed an increase in quality of life by 18% and an increase in the ability to make the most of their university experience by 30%.
The charity is aiming to “transform the state of student mental health” and today is an awareness day for student mental health and the Student Minds charity. Last year, “over 70 universities, including more than 3000 students and 650 members of staff, took part in University Mental Health Day 2016.” This year’s theme is ‘Active Mental Health’ where they are discussing the relationship with physical activity and mental wellbeing.
If you would like to find out more about Student Minds Charity, or would like to donate, please visit http://www.studentminds.org.uk/