Edge Hill University is asking students and staff to grab one of their five a day to mark World Mental Health Day today.

Spearheaded by the University’s Students’ Union (SU) and involving departments from across the University, a bumper schedule of themed activities has been planned around the five strands of wellbeing (connect, learn, be mindful, get active and give).

Activities include;

  • A Torch Song Jukebox – allowing people to sing their favourite song that makes them feel better when things get tough
  • Positive Postcards – branded postcards with positive messages for students to send to each other or family to combat homesickness
  • Mindfulness training
  • Yoga and free swimming
  • Suicide prevention training
  • Break the Stigma t-shirts – letting people write words on t-shirt that they’ve been called in the past so they can own that label
  • Tea and talk – a chance to chat about feelings over a brew
  • Free ice creams – for those picking up pocket mental health guides
  • Mental health myth busting stalls and stalls from external organisations/charities
  • Bubble football – to enhance psychological strength and team spirit and fitness

Molly Houghton, Vice President for Welfare at Edge Hill SU, said:

“We want to make this year’s World Mental Health Day the biggest one yet on campus, so we’re focussing on all five strands of health and wellbeing.

“Through the events we want to start a conversation and break the stigma around mental health covering everything from stress, loneliness and depression to clinical conditions.

“October is typically a time of increased loneliness for many students. They’ve left friends and family and might be struggling to adapt to living away from home so we see a spike in students accessing support services in November.

“This day is about tackling loneliness and other issues and letting students and staff know about all the fantastic support and services they can access through the University.”

She added: “We want everyone on campus to try and grab at least one of their five a day and share their experiences across social media.”

The SU has launched a mental health survey to find out what knowledge new and existing students have of the University’s support services so they can better market these to those who need them most. Click here to access the survey which will run until Friday 12th October.

Find out more information about events happening on that day check here.