Exec Blog: Look After Your Mate

Thursday 03-10-2019 - 10:58

It's the week after Freshers and I’m sure many of you have had the best first few weeks getting to know your new house and course mates. For those of you still finding your feet, you aren't alone - for the majority of students, it takes time to find your tribe. 
The first few weeks after Freshers' can be quite difficult: getting to grips with your new timetable, beginning to tackle your workload, and probably missing home a bit. It’s during these weeks that it’s especially important to look out for your friends, old and new, and make sure they know you’re there for them.
To help with this, I am running a campaign called Look After Your Mate 'LAYM' from the 10th-25th October in collaboration with USW Wellbeing. It’s a fortnight of events encouraging you to talk to your friends and breaking the stigma that currently surrounds mental health. The events include coffee mornings, 'Pet a Pooch' and 'Can your mate relate?’.  
At each event, you will have the opportunity to sign up to one of the Look After Your Mate workshops run by USW Wellbeing. These workshops will give you the skills to look after a friend who approaches you about their mental health in a way that protects you. The workshops are completely free and are a great experience to broaden your skills.
These events are just the beginning, there are so many opportunities and support available to help you meet new people and try new things throughout the year. Perhaps join one of our clubs or societies, they’re a great way to meet new people who aren’t necessarily on your course.
I can’t wait to meet lots of you at the LAYM events and remember to look after your mates! 

Shannon Lee
Welfare Officer


You can drop me a question on social anytime @USWSUWelfare on Facebook or @USWSUOfficers on Twitter, or email su.welfare@southwales.ac.uk. 



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