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World Mental Health Day 2019: What Can We Do to Tackle the Stigma?

By FLlj 10 Oct 2019

Mental illness and mental health conditions do not discriminate, it’s suggested that on average mental illness will affect 1 in 4 over in their lifetime – it can affect anyone regardless of race, geography, class or ability.

World mental health day is an opportunity for us to advocate against the social stigma attached to mental health conditions. By raising awareness and speaking up it adds to the wider cultural conversation about how mental illness can have an impact on all of us.

In the 21st Century we are more connected than ever before with Social Media and increasing rates of globalisation, we are more united than ever. Despite this ever-growing connectivity, it is becoming more apparent of the negative impact that loneliness and isolation can have on a person. With there being so many changes and adjustments to make to adapt to university life, it is possible for students to become socially isolated.

Feelings of loneliness are not just caused by physical isolation and lack of companionship alone, but also through a breakdown and change in the support network available to the individual. Due to the changes in surroundings, it’s important that we facilitate environments for new relationships to grow and flourish and for  new support networks to be established.

At RESLIFE, we host regular events across campus that aim to bring people together, build communities and skillsets helping you adapt to University Life.

Its ok not to be ok – Times of stress are times of growth, without stress and pressure we would never grow and develop, ‘we have to realize that times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity’ - Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski.

What is important is that we communicate with one another about how we are feeling, without talking and adding to the wider conversation we will never break down the social stigma attached to mental health.

 If you are struggling and you feel like you can’t open up to your fellow students, then you can always talk to one of your tutors and the ResLife Team, we are always around to have a chat about any trouble or concerns you may have. Alternatively, we are able to guide and sign-post you to professionals and services that can help where we cannot.

Alternatively, here is a link to NHS mental health helplines which are completely confidential, providing expert advice tailored to which service you may require.

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