Student Life is rapidly developing its partnership with the University of Suffolk Students’ Union in relation to mental health and has forged strong ties with the University’s own mental health society – Where’s Your Head At? Furthermore, we recently invited Kesgrave High School’s 6th Form to join a steering group to drive Student Life forward. The matter of emotional wellbeing/mental health is one that all students on both steering groups have adopted as a key topic and we will be in a position to announce further news about our work in this area very soon.
In the meantime, we are delighted to announce our new working partnership with Heads Together. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry are spearheading the Heads Together campaign to end stigma around mental health. Heads Together aims to change the national conversation on mental health and wellbeing and there has been huge progress made to tackle stigma surrounding mental health in recent decades, but it still remains a key issue driven by negative associations, experience and language. Through this campaign, Their Royal Highnesses are keen to build on the great work that is already taking place across the country, to ensure that people feel comfortable with their everyday mental wellbeing, feel able to support their friends and families through difficult times, and that stigma no longer prevents people getting help they need.
Too often mental health problems are seen as something that happens to other people but we all have mental health and just as we all experience problems with our physical health, we will all experience pressures to our mental health at some point in our lives. Currently, for too many people struggling with mental health problems, the fear of being judged or treated differently stops them reaching out for help and talking.
Together with its strategic partners, Student Life will address these issues and if you – our student readers – would like to get involved in any way, please email [email protected]