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:

  • Workshops
  • Taster Sessions
  • Games
  • A Photo-booth
  • 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.

Co Create

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!”.



Creative Recovery

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

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.

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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.’