As part of the many conversations surrounding mental health, we take time to talk about mental health for students on University Mental Health Day. Every year has a different theme to add a new perspective to the conversation, with this year’s theme being ‘use your voice’.

Although we may think that celebrities, social media influencers, politicians and anyone else who has a platform can have real impact on society when talking about mental health, it’s also important to be aware that you don’t need to have two million followers on Twitter or Instagram to be part of the conversation.

It’s just as important to talk to your friends, family, flatmates, course friends, or even those in your sports team or society. After all, we all have mental health and everyone’s experiences will be different which is why the support networks around us are so important and labelled support networks for a reason! So, make sure you make time to talk about things you may not do normally. It can be as simple as checking your friends are okay to getting coffee and having a chat – it doesn’t have to be an in-depth conversation about the complexities of mental health!

Another thing is to make sure you listen to this advice and apply it to yourself. It’s very easy to concentrate on other people and support them instead of realising where your own mental health is at. If you feel that your mental health is starting to decline, then make sure you talk to someone, you’ve got to use your voice and let people know that you’re not okay. We can all shape the conversation around student mental health, and remember, it’s always the right time to talk.

Dan Bentley,
RUSU Welfare Officer