Monday marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health. The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from the 9th May 2022 - 15th May 2022
As we come out of a pandemic and are getting used to life as normal again it's crucial to look after our mental health. This year's theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness, and it comes at a time when many of us might have felt lonely at some point over the last 2 years, especially during the pandemic. Also, whilst being at University it isn't uncommon for people to feel alone however there are things you can do to cope with this.
Firstly try some things you enjoy, small activities can give you energy which can give you a boost of positive feelings. Here at UPSU, we have plenty of activities you can try, our Give It A Go scheme is perfect for those who want to try something new, meet new friends and have fun through sport.
Try to do something that stimulates your mind, whilst here at the University of Plymouth you have access to LinkedinLearning for FREE where you can develop and learn new skills through quick and simple courses. Whether that's business, creative arts or even science LinkedinLearning has courses for everyone.
Connect with like-minded people. It can be hard to connect with others when you're feeling lonely, however by finding people who have similar interests to you can be a great way to meet new people. You can utilise our Buddy Scheme, or we also have a wide variety of societies and clubs to make sure you can find some great friends during your time with us.
Finally, talking therapy can help, here at UPSU and at the University of Plymouth, you have access to a great advice team who are always happy to listen to you and have a chat no matter how big or how small you feel the problem is, Advice is here for you. The Library also offers a listening post where you can talk to a trained professional without the need to wait for an appointment. This is a great place to go if you just want to get something that is bothering you off of your chest without the need to talk to a counselor.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw