Hi everyone! It’s Diana!
This week is “Let’s Talk Mental Health Week“!, it is designed to raise awareness for mental health and encourage students to be more open about their feelings and thoughts. The student union has created lots of activities to engage students and get them involved.
Do you know that 1 in 4 people experience mental health issues every year in the UK? Do you know that 50% of students rated their mental health below average or poor? It is very common for us, students to feel stressed, pressured and overwhelmed sometimes. Going to lectures, keeping up with revision and at the same time trying to have a social life is not easy, and sometimes we lost our balance. Too much stress can sometimes affect our mental health and therefore the student union has created some events to help students de-stress.
Tonight at 8pm, the student union is showing Inside Out in the front room. I personally really like the film as I think it portrayed emotions in a way that is funny but also easy to understand. It suggested that life is not always about being happy but we should also take care of our other emotions such as anger, fear etc. Studying in university can be quite overwhelming, you are away from home, surrounded by people you don’t know and facing a lot of deadlines and responsibilities; but you are not alone and there are many supports from the student union and the university. I really recommend you to go watch this film.
Happiness Cafe is on every Wednesday but this week it will focus more on mental health and there will time for a Q&A session too! There will be free teas and coffees and student volunteers for you to talk to so come on into this warm welcoming environment that’s all about spreading happiness. The event is taking place at the Front Room from 1pm to 3pm tomorrow.
On Thursday evening, there is another film night but this time it is up to students to choose which film they want to watch. The choices are “A Beautiful Mind”, “The Perks of being a wallflower”, “Silver Linings Playbook”, “Shutter Island” and “Black Swan”. Make sure you go to vote for the movie of your choice!
On Friday, there will be a TaiChi workshop at Rubix from 1pm to 2pm. Tai Chi involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai chi, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
There are more events and activities organised by the student union and other societies! So stay tuned and take part in those activities!
MindSoc is also here to help!
The society aims to:
1.Raising awareness about mental health and emotional wellbeing at The University of Surrey
2.Tackling the stigma, discrimination and negative attitudes surrounding mental illness
3.Encouraging and educating students to consider mental health as part of their overall health in order to promote simple ways of staying mentally healthy
The society hopes to achieve these things through regular meetings, events, campaigns, activities, socials and more.
MindSoc will be taking part in the happiness cafe tomorrow, come talk to us and find out more about what we do and our plans for this year!
This is it from me today! See you all next week!