Student mental health is in crisis. Today is University Mental Health Day, and at NUS we are putting our #HeadsTogether to call for change.
The mental health of students has been high on our movement’s agenda for a long time. As well as fighting for an end to stigma we are fighting for an end to underfunding, cuts and closure of vital support services.
This year we committed to collaborating on the issue, establishing partnerships to develop research into student suicide, signing up to the Equality for Mental Health Campaign, supporting students’ unions fighting cuts to local services, and mobilising against the Government’s welfare reforms.
Today we are taking this a step further. We are joining forces with Student Minds for the #HeadsTogether campaign, and launching a Student Mental Health Manifesto to be presented to the sector. We are also developing guidance for SUs and student activists on how they can campaign around mental health and suicide prevention, which will be launched at the Disabled Students' conference.
We want to better support you in working with your students, community and your institution to make an impact on mental health.
If you are marking University Mental Health Day today why not think about who you could work with on your campus – student groups, staff or trade unions. Consider community links that could be built in your local area – with counsellors, charities or NHS services. Get in touch with national organisations, including NUS and Student Minds, and tell us about the work you’re doing on mental health!
The state of student mental health will not be changed by people working in isolation, and students’ unions are already leading the way in bringing mental health to the forefront of national politics. We are at our best when we are collective – so let’s put our heads together!
Let us know what you’re doing by tweeting #HeadsTogether, and take a photo with the poster (JPG / PDF).