It's World Mental Health Day on Sunday 10th October, but talking about mental health is important every day, to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
The theme for this year's World Mental Health Day is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'. Access to mental health support continues to be an issue for many people throughout the world.
To access support at Warwick, please visit Wellbeing Support Services via our Wellbeing Portal where our teams are ready to work with you to develop the personal resources and skills you need to navigate the challenges and opportunities of student life.
Some tips you may find helpful:
- Keep connected and in touch with friends and loved ones as much as you can. The more you talk to people and share how you are feeling, the more at ease you may start to feel.
- Keep yourself as busy as you can. It is really important to keep as much of a routine day to day at this time as you can.
- Try to stay active either by going out once a day for a walk or run as is allowed, or you can access online exercise now via Warwick Sport
- Also try to make sure that you are allowing time for yourself each day. Self-care can be anything from reading a book, cooking a nice meal or baking, listening to music or a podcast, staying connected with our loved ones, doing something creative, completing a puzzle, taking a long hot bath or shower. Anything you can include in your daily routine which promotes relaxation and mindfulness will help to counterbalance the anxious thoughts.
- Self-care suggestions above can be a great help, alongside taking time to promote physical and mental relaxation and space. Stop Breathe & Think and Chill Panda are both good apps that provide relaxation, breathing, meditation and mindfulness practices that you can follow.
- Try to just take things day to day and focus on the 'right now' as opposed to the 'what ifs.' Remember to be kind to yourself, this is a difficult time for everyone and you are not in alone in what you are feeling.
- Utilise online resources such as Togetherall – where you can share how you are feeling, speak with others, and both offer and gain advice and support from people all around the world.
If you need further support, please do contact Wellbeing Support Services via our Wellbeing portal.
Events taking place:
Watch the Students' Union Officers' Top Tips for World Mental Health Day
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