Universities mark Mental Health Week

1940187_10202510953482847_1735099962_nThis week marks seven days of events to raise awareness for Mental Health amongst the student community.

University Health and Wellbeing Week is held across the country.

The event, now in its ninth year, is organised in conjunction with the NHS and encompasses many Universities  up and down the country. Fact-Box-Mental-Health

In the East Midlands events were held at the majority of the region’s Universities, with Mental Health Fares held in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester.

Paul Dodsley was responsible for organising the events across Nottingham and had plenty of advice for any young people who may feel they are suffering with mental health issues.

“Young people need to understand the first step to tackling a mental health issue is talking about it. If you try and hide any issue you have it just grows until it ” – Paul Dodsley

The aim of the week is to ensure that young people who feel they may suffer from mental health problems know what options are available to them should they require assistance to help deal with their issues.

The week’s events included a Mental Health fare which took place at both the University of Nottingham, and Nottingham Trent University.

A number of charities attended the fair include Nightline, and the Samaritans, with their staff members giving advice to students throughout the day.

Representatives from the Government’s ‘5-a-day’ healthy eating campaign were also in attendance, offering students the opportunity to make their own smoothie using a blender powered by an exercise bike.

In a survey recently carried out by the National Union of Students, over 20% of University students believed they had some form of mental health issue.

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