Action is being taken to improve services and raise the understanding of mental health issues; in a bid to promote it’s importance.
Mental health is an issue that is often misunderstood, but affects 1 in 4 of us in the UK. The stigma and misconceptions surrounding mental health problems makes it more difficult for sufferers to seek help.
However Nottinghamshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board are taking action, in a bid to improve mental health in the county and raise awareness.
Joyce Bosnjak, chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board at Nottingham County Council, told me why mental health is being prioritised now. She said:
“Mental health has been a Cinderella service within the NHS for too long”
Bosnjak, who is Nottingham’s “Mental Health Champion” says not enough is being done to support those suffering with mental illness. She also believes student mental health is an important issue that should not be stigmatised.
According to a survey led by the National Union of Students, 20% of students consider themselves to have a mental health problem. 19 year-old Lauren, a student at Nottingham Trent University, gave an insight into life with a mental health problem.
Last year Nottingham Trent was named winner of the Outstanding Support for Students award, by Times Higher education magazine. A mental health support team is readily available for NTU students, offering one-to-one counselling and assistance with university life.
Advice for students
– Communicate with your lecturers
– Keep on top of priorities
– Exercise regularly and eat healthily for a clear mind
– Samaritans are available for support 24/7 – tel: 08457 90 90 90