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How To Get Involved With University Mental Health Day 2024

Mar 12th 2024

Thursday 14th of March marks University Mental Health Day 2024, an annual campaign which takes place across the UK and aims to raise awareness about student wellbeing and reduce the stigma regarding mental health. 

Most of all, this important day helps to bring people together and get them talking about the future of mental health amongst young people, and shows students they are not alone in their struggles. 

According to recent research, university students are more at risk of suffering from depression and anxiety compared to their peers who go straight into the workplace. 

Another harrowing figure highlights that mental health problems in university students have almost tripled within the past few years, so it’s more crucial than ever to get involved with University Mental Health Day. 

In this guide, you can find out more about what you can do for University Mental Health Day 2024, as well as learn more about what we’re doing to celebrate the event here at X1. 

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History of University Mental Health Day

Whilst studying at university, young people can face many problems, from finding it difficult to make friends in a new city or town away from home, to facing financial difficulties, to workload pressures, to imposter syndrome, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing more and more people struggle with their mental health. 

For those already struggling with a mental illness before joining university, what is already a stressful experience can become extremely difficult and can worsen pre-existing symptoms such as depression and anxiety. 

With all of this in mind, University Mental Health day was set up to address growing concerns regarding university students mental health and to ensure that no student is held back on the basis of their mental health. 

This annual day is organised by Student Minds, the UK’s leading mental health charity for students, as well as the University Mental Health Advisors Network (UMHAN) and takes place every year within March. 

Both of these organisation’s are helping to change the narrative regarding student mental health and are providing vital resources and services to young people across the UK. To find out more about the important work they do year-long, you can head to their websites. 

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Things You Can Do For University Mental Health Day 2024 

Now you know more about the history of University Mental Health Day and why it is important, our next section highlights things that you can do to get involved with this year’s campaign. 

At X1 Sales & Lettings, we understand the importance of providing university students with knowledge, support and services regarding taking care of their mental health. 

Whilst living with us, all of our students have a dedicated Tenancy Care Manager they can reach out to with any queries or questions they may have. 

For University Mental Health Day 2024, we have gone a step further and partnered with Student Minds, the nation’s leading mental health charity for university students. 

To celebrate this special day, we will be hosting events and providing our student tenants with helpful wellbeing resources, so if you’re living with us in Manchester or Liverpool, watch this space. 

Join us and the rest of the student community in inspiring change and taking action this University Mental Health Day 2024. Below are a few ideas for how to celebrate! 

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Participate In Events 

One of the best ways to get involved with this annual campaign is by participating in events whether it’s in-person or online. 

From expert talks to creative workshops to mindfulness activities to professional support, there are plenty of events you can get involved with. We’d suggest heading to your university’s website to find out what’s taking place on campus. 

Struggling to find an event you’re interested in attending? You could even host your own event for University Mental Health Day, even something as simple as a yoga session, an art workshop or a mindful walk with friends can have a positive impact! 

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Focus On Self-care

When you’re feeling under the weather with a cold or the flu, you take time to recover and rest, right? Well, it’s just as crucial to do the same when you’ve noticed your feeling more stressed or down than usual! 

Mental-health days are vital for your wellbeing, and self-care techniques can be as simple as writing in a journal to help reduce anxiety or stress, going on a walk to clear your mind or even de-cluttering your space – like they say, a tidy space equals a tidy mind!   

We understand that university life can be hectic, but be sure to make time to focus on yourself, and find things that keep you happy and healthy, as mental health affects everyone. 

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Get Yourself Moving 

Another way you can get involved with University Mental Health Day 2024 is by exercising, as this can truly do wonders for your wellbeing. 

Studies show that physical activity is one of the most effective ways of improving your mental health, so get yourself out there and get moving. 

Whether it’s heading to the gym, attending a workout class, going on a walk, or even practising yoga in your student flat, exercise in a way which works for you. We’re sure you’ll reap the benefits! 

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Seek Professional Support 

There’s a whole host of reasons why you may struggle with your mental health whilst at university, and it’s important when you’re feeling low to seek professional help. 

You can access a range of wellbeing support and services on your university’s webpage, or by arranging an appointment with your personal tutor.

If you need urgent medical support regarding your mental health, you should arrange an appointment with your GP, or head to the official NHS website. 

There’s also a variety of digital resources available to download on the Student Minds website to support you with your wellbeing. 

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University Mental Health Day helps to foster open conversations regarding mental health and helps to make sure that no one feels alone in their struggles. We hope you feel inspired to get involved with this special event! 

Don’t forget to help spread the word about this annual campaign, by talking to your peers or using #UniMentalHealthDay on social media. 

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