A great day at Queen Mary University in Tower Hamlets

Inspire’s Service User Involvement and Co-production team took part in ‘University Mental Health Day’ last week, on Thursday 2nd March.

The University Mental Health Day is part of a national initiative around the country to raise the awareness of Mental Health issues amongst students and help reduce the stigma around Mental Health. The Inspire team were able to join students and Health advocates at East London’s Queen Mary University, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets where participants were able to enjoy a talk from Jonny Benjamin MBE.

Jonny is an award-winning mental health campaigner, film producer, public speaker, writer and vlogger from London.  He shared his experiences dealing with his own mental health and wellbeing, as well as talking about how his suicide was prevented by a passer by at a particular low point in his life. Jonny went on to make an inspiring Channel 4 documentary about suicide after this event to raise awareness and encourage people to ask for help.

Our team manned a stand and information point at the event to inform students at Queen Mary’s about the breadth of services that Inspire is able to offer in the Borough. The Inspire team showed students how easy it is to access services through the First Point of Access and how they can get involved in shaping services through the Service User Involvement & Co-Production Project.

Ambia Khatun, Service User Involvement Project Manager said:

‘It was fantastic to be invited to take place in this national event at a local level and have the chance to speak to so many young people. Managing your own mental health & wellbeing whilst studying can be challenging for people.  We were able to reassure students that support and advice was freely available in their local community should they ever need it.’