Last week, on the 7th March 2019 we celebrated University Mental Health Day, at Queen Mary University of London hosted by the Student Health department and the Student Life team. This day was all about inspiring people to talk about mental health and to take action to reduce the stigma of mental health.
There was a variety of activities on offer including:
A Conversation Booth
Arts and Crafts and much more
We were joined by some Support User Network (SUN) group facilitators who delivered a variety of inspiring workshops throughout the day.
Patricia Rangel the facilitator of ‘Co Create’ delivered an art workshop and was joined by some Queen Mary University students. The Students really enjoyed the session.
One student said, “I haven’t painted in a very long time. I found today very therapeutic, as I’ve had a stressful morning”.
Another student described the ‘Co Create’ session as, “being really fun!”.
Margaret and Shar from Creative recovery delivered a ‘poetry makes sense session’, which was fully booked with loads of excited students and staff ready to explore the benefits of poetry as a form of mental health therapy.
Eden Sessions’ terrarium workshop was delivered by Lynette and was fully subscribed in the morning and afternoon. This workshop’s focus was to teach students and members of staff how to plant their own self-sustaining terrarium garden. This is the perfect type of gardening skill for a non-gardener. Once set up these gardens do not need taking care of as the carbon dioxide, oxygen and water is recycled in the glass in which it is held. The workshops were a great success, as everyone enjoyed the day’s learnings and were grateful to take home their own little gardens.
It was a great day of open conversation and fun activities and we look forward to celebrating University
Mental Health Day in style next year, in 2020.
Below you can watch a video from the Queen Mary University Principal, talking about University Mental Health Day.
If you require any more information about Queen Mary’s University Mental Health Day CLICK HERE.
East London Foundation Trust aids the running of The Tower Hamlets Recovery College. The Recovery College is based in East London, and supports people in the community learn about mental health and explore various coping strategies, hereby supporting the recovery and wellbeing of people in Tower Hamlets. The East London Foundation’s Recovery College provides educational workshops and courses, which are designed and delivered by people with lived experience of mental health. This includes people who are trained and work in mental health services.
All the Recovery College’s courses are free of charge and are available to Tower Hamlets’; service users, carers, family, friends, staff and anyone with an interest in increasing their knowledge on mental health and recovery.
This Spring there are a variety of courses being offered. At present, the courses that still have spaces available are as follows:
Finding the Right Emploment Service For You
Managing Diabetes and Psychosis
Carers Caring for Themselves
Discover for yourself, gain understanding and increase your awareness of mental health and wellbeing at the Recovery College in 2019.