Exec blog: Look After Your Mate 2020

Thursday 15-10-2020 - 14:55

I know that the past couple of months have been extremely difficult adapting to this new way of life, so I just wanted to say I’m so proud of all of our students here at USW for your attitudes and behaviours towards these changes.
Our mental health has been under a lot of strain this year, and it is so important to take some time to check-in with yourself, and your friends.
To help you do this, I am running the Look After Your Mate (LAYM) campaign again. It was a huge success last year and I hope that it can provide the same support to you this year.
Whilst looking slightly different, the messaging is the same: Look After Your Mate. I am hosting virtual coffee mornings, ‘A Day to Vent’, messages of positivity, and tips on how to reach out without asking “How Are You?”. I will also be sharing different resources available to help with your mental health.
As the campaign is virtual this year, it gives everyone a chance to take part, no matter where in the world you are. I look forward to seeing some of you at the different events and want to remind you that us officers are always here should you require support.
This year, we have also introduced The USWSU Resource Hub, an online collection of resources that we think might be useful to you! The topics range from LGBTQ+, anti-racism, climate activism, mental health and wellbeing, and getting started with protesting. There are also quick-links to a lot of the services at USW, if you'd prefer some in-house help. We created the Hub so that you have easy access to websites, articles, and helplines without having to search for them. Why not check out the Hub this month, and see what we've uploaded for our 'Look After Your Mate' campaign! You'll find resources for supporting friends with their mental health and also bits to help you look after yourself too!

I can’t wait to meet lots of you at the LAYM events!
Take care, stay safe, and look after yourself and your mates. 

Shannon Lee
SU President


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


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