Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week. This year’s theme for the week focuses on the power and potential of kindness, which research has confirmed is linked very closely with our mental health.
The world has become an increasingly different place to navigate over the last few months, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the power of kindness and how small gestures can make a big difference.
Here at The Students’ Union, we want to make you aware of the ways that we can support you not just today, but throughout the year. We would also love to hear about how you stay mentally well during challenging times and on a day to day basis, if you have any advice, please let us know!
Our Advice Team
Now we may be biased, but this lot are pretty great – just look at them. Our Advice Team is on hand to provide friendly, non-judgemental and confidential advice. The service is free, and because we are independent of UWE Bristol, all advice is impartial, unbiased, and nothing you tell the team will appear on your UWE Bristol file. They are available Monday – Friday between 10:00 – 16:00. Click here to get to know the team.
24/7 Crisis Textline
This service was launched by The Students’ Union and the university last year and provides support to UWE Bristol students across the UK. If you are in distress, text ‘UWE’ to 85258, your message will be picked up by a trained volunteer who are supported by experienced clinical supervisors.
UWE Says Relax
The end of the assessment period may be on the horizon, but our UWE Says Relax campaign has a range of advice that you can incorporate into your daily life. From tips to combat stress to fun ways to have a break from studying or work, we hope this will help you to relax!
Get involved with our virtual activities programme
We have recently launched our virtual activities programme, which has a range of events to help keep you busy. From chats with our Presidents Team to Yoga with MOVE, we think there is something suited to everyone. The programme is updated every week, and you can check out the activities here.
Every day you have the chance to make someone’s day, whether it be a friend, family member or stranger, we can all help someone who may be struggling and in need of some support.
So this Mental Health Awareness Week and every week, be kind, make a difference, and if you are struggling, do not struggle alone, reach out and share your problem.
If you would like any further information on Mental Health Awareness Week, check out the Mental Health Foundation here.