Healthy campus initiative
Not waving, but drowning...
In reference to the Stevie Smith poem (1953), we chose this title to highlight the disconnection between what we feel and what we express, as well as what we express and what other people hear; more than that, the even worse fate of waiting to speak our emotional and psychological needs until it's too late, an endemic phenomenon in our institution and Higher Education as a whole.
Is student mental health, wellbeing and emotionally literacy important to you?
Are you interested in helping the University support student mental health, wellbeing and emotional literacy in more effective, creative ways? If your answer is 'yes', then the Healthy Campus Initiative might be of interest to you, so please keep reading - the University needs your help!
What is the Healthy Campus Initiative?
The Healthy Campus Initiative is a project which aims to explore, identify and make recommendations on how we, as a university community (that is, students and staff), can address the increasing levels of student mental ill-health, wellbeing and emotional literacy challenges our university is, and many others are, currently facing. We are doing this in response to the sector-wide increase in mental ill-health prevalence and to the worryingly high numbers of students reporting wellbeing and emotional concerns. Students across the country are reporting more and more mental, emotional and general wellbeing challenges. The initiative will take the form of a number of workshops and discussion-based groups supporting staff and students respectively.
Why are the student and staff voices important?
We want the Healthy Campus Initiative to be as creative and inclusive as possible, and for this to happen, it needs diversity of opinion, diversity of experience, and student and staff representation. For this reason, we are seeking representation from each School, from staff from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines, and from you - our student body.
NEW! Let's Talk About Us: a support group for students of colour
Offering a chance to voice, share and connect in a respectful and courageous space. The group can shape its own agenda and will be facilitated by our Student Counsellors from the BAME community.
Whilst the Coronavirus is new, systemic racism is not. We are offering spaces in a group for Black and Brown students affected by recent events to express, feel heard and gain support - Real Talk and Real Listening.
The next group will start this Fall 2021 with more information to be released shortly.