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The Time Of Your Life | Mental Health Panel

University is said to be ‘The Time of Your Life’, but it’s important to remember that it doesn’t always feel this way.

On the 22nd September 2020 we virtually welcomed Cassie, Director of the Caravan Theatre, to RUSU to delve into the issue of student mental health through drama and discussion.

Watch the event on the video below (available to view until 21st October).

*Trigger warning*

Please be aware this film deals with issues around mental health. Please look after yourselves and do not watch if you feel unable to. If you have been affected by anything in this film and you would like to talk to someone please seek support from your university – they are there to help.

There was a screening of the Caravan Theatre’s performance of ‘The Time of Your Life’. This follows Alex as he battles with stigmas around mental health problems at the same time as trying to identify his own illness. The play aims to open up a dialogue and use it as a platform to disseminate information.

Following the screening the panel discusses:

  • The expectations and pressures about being at university – and how these are not always as they seem and it’s okay for your experience to not be the same as everyone else’s.
  • Positive and negative coping mechanisms.
  • Any advice the panel has for seeing a friend struggling with their mental health.
  • How to recognise signs and how to get help.

To join in with the discussion, reach out to us on social media or get in touch with Bandy, RUSU Welfare Officer.

Do you need support?

The RUSU Welfare Directory provides contact details for a variety of organisations and support within, and external to, the University of Reading. It includes sections providing contacts for if you need help now, are worried about something or need advice, or if you need specific mental health information and contacts.

In addition, you may find these contacts helpful:

  • Samaritans.Samaritans provide a free and confidential 24/7 Listening Service. Visit their website at or call them via 116 123.
  • Student Welfare Team. A team of professionals, based in the Carrington Building, who are able to advise you on a wide range of personal and welfare issues that may impact your studies and day-to-day life. Contact them at
  • Counselling And Wellbeing. This service offers free, confidential and specialist support to all students. You can book appointments with a Counsellor or a Mental Health Adviser. Contact them at