Friday 31 January 2014
As part of the national Time To Talk Campaign, last semester Queen Mary Students’ Union joined many other universities, celebrities and organisations by making a pledge to target stigma about mental health issues, by improving the knowledge, attitudes and behavior of staff and students at QM around mental health and help overcome some of the difficulties faced by students with mental health problems. In order to build on the progress made last semester during the SU’s World Mental Health Day activities and to open up discussion about mental wellbeing within QM, a series of events – such as film screenings, talks and creative projects - will be running from Monday 3 – Friday 7 February. The aim of the week is to get students talking about issues that affect them within university and to recognise the different forms that mental health problems can take.
Mental Wellbeing Week
Chats and Discussions
There are a whole series of events happening over the week, including ‘Lets Talk’ sessions in Library Square, Mile End campus on Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 February from 11am onwards, hosted by the Psychology Society. They will be having conversations about how to keep a healthy mind as a student and are interested in hearing your ideas too.
A ‘Tea and Talk’ session, held on Thursday 6 February by the Mental Wealth Society in Blomeley Room 1, Students’ Union Hub, Mile End campus, will give students the opportunity to discuss the ups and downs of life over a cup of tea with people who are happy to listen. The event will be on from 1.00 – 5.00pm.
Also on Thursday is an event called ‘Calm: Against Living Miserably’ which will be taking place on Library Square to raise awareness and start conversations about the problem of male suicide, from 10.00am – 2.00pm. Male students will be invited to share secrets anonymously by writing them down, and will be offered free tea and biscuits. A few weather dependent games have also been planned.
There is also an event on Thursday 6 February being held specifically for medical students in the Griff Inn, Whitechapel campus, in order to discuss issues of how mental health may affect their future careers as doctors and providing information about support at Barts.
Following the event on 6 February for medical students there will be a screening of the popular film, Silver Linings Playbook, which is centered upon issues of mental health, in the Griff Inn, Whitechapel campus.
On Monday 3 February, all students are welcome to a screening of the heartwarming film Lars and The Real Girl at St Benet’s Chapel, Mile End campus, at 6.00pm.
Creative Events – photography competition and filmmaking
As part of Mental Wellbeing Week, there is a photography competition that asks you to submit a photograph of something that makes them happy within university. Submissions should be accompanied with a 50 word summary, as well as your name, year and degree. Photographs will be posted to the website and blog, and the randomly selected winner will receive a £25 Amazon gift voucher.
Over the course of the week, students will be invited to be filmed sharing their stories about mental health at university. This can be either your personal experiences or perhaps about how you try to keep happy during your time at QM. This footage will be edited by QMTV, the SU TV channel, to produce a short film in order to combat stigma surrounding mental health within QM. If you are interested in getting involved, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time To Talk
If you are interested in getting involved with the Time to Talk Campaign and making your own pledge to decrease stigma, visit the pledge wall.
If you are interested in knowing more about mental wellbeing at QM, check out the Union’s action plan.