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World Mental Health Day and Student Suicide Prevention

World Mental Health Day and Student Suicide Prevention

Hey everyone, I hope you’re enjoying your course.

I’m just a couple of weeks into my course and it’s looking good so far! We were given the information booklet about the course content and units and I immediately started to dread the assignment work that is heading my way. It’s yet another time in life where I’m having to adjust and think about how I’m going to manage my time, and my family are also working out new routines while we adapt to the changes.

For this post, I’ve chosen to show my support for World Mental Health Day 2019 which is today! I think it’s still one of those taboo topics that a lot of people still don’t like talking about but one which is very necessary to address, particularly among students.

Did you know that close to 800,000 people die globally every year due to suicide? And just think, this figure doesn’t even include the number of people that attempt suicide.

As the main theme for today is suicide prevention and mental health problems affect young adults and mature adults alike, students at university are among those that are most vulnerable.

If we’re completely honest, we all probably know someone that has been affected by mental health or some of us may have had personal difficult experiences such as feeling low or depressed, anxiety or worry, grief and loss, homesickness, issues with sleep etc.

Your situation is NOT unique!

By this I mean that there are many mental health victims that suffer in silence and I think the number one common theme is that you may feel nobody else could possibly understand, which might lead you to believe that you’re sailing a sinking ship all by yourself.

People that have been affected in one way or another by mental health will probably agree that this is not an easy thing to address. There seems to be some kind of stigma associated to mental health disorders, that you’re either weak or people feel ashamed of the fact that they have difficulty coping.

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Service page on the UCB website contains a wealth of information and if you don’t think you need it, share it with someone.

Looking after your own mental health is important but it’s equally important to support other students, and you can do this by simply being there – check in with your friends often, find out how people are getting on and take a genuine interest, listen attentively if someone seems that they need a listening ear.

I know this is a serious topic but I hope it’s helped someone today!

Have a great weekend, until the next time.

SBS



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