We all have mental health, just as we all have physical health. Both change throughout our lives. And, like our bodies, our minds can become unwell.
Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. The effects are as real as a broken arm, even though there isn’t a sling or plaster cast to show for it. This year, as part of the ‘Time to Change’ campaign to end mental health discrimination, the Counselling and Wellbeing Team would like to encourage you all to ‘do something small to make a big difference’. It is easy to do this:
- Don’t just talk: listen to your friends and colleagues: Asking a simple question such as ‘how are you feeling’ or ‘are you ok’ and taking time to really listen to the answer can make a real difference;
- Show that you care: do something without being asked– make a cup of tea; do the washing up; or just send a text to ‘check in’ with your friends and let them know you care about them;
- Make a pledge via the Peer Support stand in RUSU between 12 and 2 on Thursday 4th February – ‘Time to Talk day’
When it comes to mental health, being open about it makes life better for us all. Help to change negative attitudes and challenge stigma by getting involved.