On my manifesto, I pledged to lobby the university to reduce counselling waiting times and provide better accessibility to the various support services the university provides. In addition to this, I will run campaigns based on body confidence and mental health, specifically male mental health, and the attitudes surrounding these issues.
Mental Health Awareness Week Activities
- Coffee Mornings (so successful in March, we decided to run them all week)
- Life Tools: How to Manage Stress
- Sport in Mind Mindfulness Session
- Video series, asking Reading students questions about mental health, stigma, body image and social media.
||Filmed videos of student accounts of mental health and the issues affecting them, which was presented to Council as part of an ongoing discussion about mental health. I also spoke about mental health as part of a wider societal issue and how cultural differences affect these conversations, in addition to how student life perpetuates these problems.
University Mental Health Day:
- “Positivity tree” to be in the Union to get students to write positive things about themselves or each other.
- Coffee Mornings for Lacrosse Club that will hopefully expand out to other sports over the coming months. This provide a space for student groups to facilitate conversation surrounding issues or concerns that are important to them.
||Planning for Time to Talk events that will tackle stigma without being perceived as “fluffy” mental health. Campaign will be separate to RUSU Says Relax to show how long-term changes need to be made in our attitudes to mental health and breaking down the stigma, supporting students in the best way possible.
||Planning has begun for male mental health campaign. Looking into what will be engaging for students around the exam period.
||Discussion have begun with the university to discuss an event for University Mental Health Day.
||Working with the university to produce a diagram showing the different ways to access the various support services.