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Uni Mental Health Day 2024

This year we came together to support Uni Mental Health Day, with a variety of activities across campus.

20 March 2024

This year saw the return of Uni Mental Health Day on 14th March, and together with external support servies, Student Health and Wellbeing Services  provided both a Wellbeing Marketplace (located under the arches) and 5 mental health workshops. Additionally, other events were facilitated at the Helix site, utilising the Newcastle University Business School as a place for students to take part in fun activities to mark the day.

With guests from Andy's Man ClubIf U Care Share, St James' Place, NHS, and Rape Crisis, we interacted with a plethora of students who passed by through the iconic Arches. 

In addition, we ran workshops looking at the Psychology of Happiness, the Mental Health Continuum, Mindfulness, Low Mood and Eating Distress.

So what is Uni Mental Health Day? 

University Mental Health Day in the UK is an important occasion that shines a spotlight on the mental well-being of students across the country. Observed on the first Thursday of March each year, this day serves as a platform to raise awareness about mental health challenges faced by students and to promote support services available on campuses.

The pressures and demands of university life can take a toll on students' mental health. Academic stress, financial worries, social pressures, and the transition to independent living can all contribute to feelings of anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. University Mental Health Day aims to break the stigma surrounding these challenges and encourage open conversations about mental wellbeing.

One of the key focuses of this day is to promote the mental health support services available within universities. Institutions often provide counselling services, mental health workshops, and resources for students in need. University Mental Health Day serves as a reminder for students to reach out for help when they need it and to make use of these valuable resources.

Furthermore, the day emphasizes the importance of self-care and well-being practices. Universities organize various events and activities such as mindfulness sessions, yoga classes, and talks on stress management. These activities promote positive mental health practices and encourage students to prioritize their well-being amidst the rigors of academic life.