Well-being week puts mental health in spotlight

The University is backing a week-long initiative to support people who experience mental health problems.

A range of events and activities organised by Edinburgh University Students' Association will be taking place across campus until Sunday.

One in four of us will experience mental health problems each year and many more will be affected by the stigma surrounding mental illness, organisers say.

EUSA mental health and wellbeing week

Support offered

A key focus will be to offer support to people who find it difficult to talk about how they are affected by mental health issues.

The University’s Deputy Secretary, Student Experience Gavin Douglas said the initiative aims to help address the issues around stigmatisation of people with mental illness.

He added that it could also highlight the importance of wellbeing for everyone.

New strategy

As part of the week, the University will unveil its new Student Mental Health Strategy.

The University is hosting a session to outline its approach to rising student mental health problems and answer any questions that students might have.

Other highlights include an Arabic belly dancing stressbuster session, an Alpaca Petting Zoo, a mindfulness taster event; introductory sessions on tai chi and hatha yoga

Creative process

The final event sees students express their experiences of mental health through the creative arts, including song and spoken word.

Throughout the week, EUSA volunteers will be on campus handing out Mental Health and Wellbeing Week tote bags.

Students with questions about looking after their mental health, supporting a friend – or  mental health more generally – can check out the list of resources on the Let's Talk campaign website.

“I really welcome this week and the University is very pleased to be able to support it again this year. We need to continue opening up the discussion on mental health and wellbeing. This week is a great way to get involved in both those agendas and I would urge everyone to get involved.”

Gavin DouglasDeputy Secretary Student Experience

Related links

Let's Talk campaign

Edinburgh University Students' Association