NSU Mental Health Awareness Week: #nsUokHun?

According to statistics gathered by the mental health charity Mind, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and often people suffer in silence.

 We want to work with students to end the stigma surrounding mental health and start an honest discussion on campus about our struggles and how we cope from day to day, so we’re asking: #NSUokHUN?

 

We want you to open up and share your own mental health stories. We’re aiming to collect 1,000 stories from students about their mental health, from struggles to coping mechanisms, to show that it affects us all and hopefully we can work towards better support on campus.

Want to engage with our campaign? Here's how:

  • Reply to our video campaign on Facebook
  • Get involved on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram , using the hashtag #NSUokHUN?
  • Use one of Instagram story templates (keep an eye out, follow northumbriastudentsunion)
  • Fill out one of our comment cards around campus
  • Or to use our website, click here to share your story now

Looking after your mental health is tough at the best of times but we know there’s extra pressure at Uni, especially during assessments. All week (16th-20th April) we’ll be hosting events and activities to help you relax and take better care of yourself; from cuddle sessions with therapy dogs >> sign up here, to free ice cream and free yoga sessions, we’ve got something planned for each day of the week that’ll be sure to help you relax. Check out the schedule here.

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 We would like to thank everyone who participated in our #NSUokHUN? Mental Health Awareness Week. From contributing stories, to particpating in activities, we appreciate it all! Our aim was to create an authentic and open discussion about mental health around campus. Throughout the week we collected many stories from Northumbria students. These included personal stories, thoughts, coping mechanisms and advice. We appreciate all your feedback. We've decide to share a few: 

"Although mental illness is accepted today and affecting so many, I still think there is often some level of true understanding and compassion missing from those lucky enough to not suffer, perhaps from not knowing what to say, perhaps from not comprehending or rationalising how debilitating it can be or perhaps from just scepticism as mental health cannot be healed, solved or fixed as straightforwardly as a broken bone. So thank you for running this campaign throughout university."

"Mental illness has taught me a lot. It has taught me that every single success should be celebrated, no matter how trivial it may seem to other. Be it getting out of bed on a bad day, attending a lecture, or speaking with a friend, I try to celebrate each small success in order to recognise that I am trying. I may fall down, I may feel pushed back, but I try, and still being able to try is a gratitude."

"It's important to remember that you have lots of support, and always take time for yourself to relax. Have a relaxation box with things that can help you to relax and be present in the moment."

"One lesson I have learned is there are people out there that genuinely want to help you and care about you."

"The best coping mechanism for me is Yoga - it not only relaxes me, but it helps me to de-stress and brings the focus back onto myself; it gives me a chance to reflect on myself and what I want to achieve day-by-day."

"I may have got knocked down twice, but I have got up three times.”

Although our Mental Health Awareness Week is officially over, we believe mental health awareness should have no timescale. Your welfare is extremely important to us. We are continuing to create a strong mental health network throughout Northumbria University.