Take part in this week’s Mental Health Takeover Thursday!

Thursday 11-12-2014 - 10:20

Over the coming weeks, NUS will be hosting a series of social media ‘Takeovers’ each Thursday aiming to bring student issues to the forefront of conversation ahead of the next General Election.

Each Takeover Thursday will explore a specific theme or campaign which deserves the full attention of political parties vying for the student vote in May 2015.

Today (Thursday 11 December), the focus will be on NUS’ policy ask concerning students and mental health. We concerned about cuts to support services, especially around poor referrals to outside services, and we want mental health to have a higher priority and to improve standards of support.

There are a number of ways your students’ union can join in with today’s conversation across Twitter and Facebook. Here are a few ideas and materials to get you started…

  • Do you ever feel stressed out or anxious or would you like more mental health support? Do you ever feel worried or distressed about your studies? Share your experiences and views using #GenerationVote and we’ll retweet your messages throughout the day.
  • Read and share NUS Vice President (Welfare) Colum McGuire’s blog Why do we treat physical and mental health so differently?
  • Vote in our Facebook poll which asks ‘Would you like to see mental health provision for students taken seriously?'
  • Share findings from our research ‘Mental Distress Survey’, which revealed one in five students consider themselves to have a mental health problem.

Follow our Takeover Thursday live stream online from 10am-4pm at and if tweeting, remember to use #GenerationVote.



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