To celebrate University Mental Health Day on Thursday 5 March, together with RUSU we are hosting a week of free events and activities on campus. This year’s theme is community, as we all have a part to play to cultivate a positive mental health community at university.
As well as events to help you de-stress and focus on your mental wellbeing, we'll be posting articles on Me@Reading and the Student Life uni blog to help raise awareness and prompt conversations about mental health.
RUSU Welfare officer, Gemma King, has also sat down with staff and students to talk to record a podcast detailing how important it is to keep a focus on mental wellbeing at university. #1in4 (You’re Not Alone) is RUSU’s year-long campaign to encourage students to access and use positive coping strategies which will have a positive impact on their mental health. Listen to the episode now on Spotify or iTunes.
All events are free but some require booking. Take a look at what's on each day below. More events will be added as they are confirmed on this Essentials page.
And don’t forget the wide range of support you can access here at Reading, as well as externally:
- Our ‘Look After Yourself’ tips – providing guidance for a wide range of challenging situations
- Student Life Blog – written by Reading students for Reading students. Subscribe to read how others manage little and big challenges in their lives
- Big White Wall – a free, online support network, available 24/7
- Life Tools – interactive workshops to help develop your skills, such as building resilience and confidence
- Student Welfare Team – here to help with personal difficulties such as homesickness, family, relationships, and issues related to drugs or alcohol, bullying and harassment
- Counselling & Wellbeing – providing specialist mental health support
- Academic Tutor – for advice relating to your academic progress, development, or study skills
- RUSU Advice Service – offering independent and confidential advice for all students
- Your doctor (GP) – if you’re not registered with a local doctor, you can set this up with the University Medical Group
- Berkshire Mental Health Crisis Team – providing a telephone hotline 24/7 for urgent support
- Samaritans – also providing a 24/7 telephone hotline for those experiencing suicidal thoughts