Exec Blog: Movember 2018

Thursday 01-11-2018 - 14:53

It’s that time of year again where we get to laugh at friends, family and fellow students who’ve ‘braved the shave’. So, why not start with myself and my fellow Exec Team...

...Don’t we look, er, great?!
 

In a couple of weeks, or longer for some (Liam Powell, I’m talking about you), we’ll all be displaying a slightly odd lip companion or maybe a scraggly looking beard. However, don’t be mistaken, none of this is part of an advert for poor male grooming. It is part of a movement. A movement that has been gaining ‘mo’mentum year upon year, and now has well over five million participants.
 

This year, the Students’ Union is getting involved to prioritise students’ mental wellbeing, because we know that university, while it can be one of the best periods of your life, can at times be the most difficult.

 

We’d like you to join us as we challenge students to take on staff and lecturers to grow the longest, flashiest, bushiest facial hair ever seen at the University of South Wales. We’ve set up a Mo-team and we’d like you to sign up https://moteam.co/uswsu

 

Now, we’re not expecting everyone to bare all, so there’s two ways you can help us.

 

Donate

Put some cash in our stash without having to grow your tash. Just follow the link above and share it on social media.

 

Grow your Mo’ and win prizes

Join myself, other students, and staff in shaving off your facial hair from the 1st Nov and add yourself to the team in the link above. Email us a picture of yourself clean-shaven (supres@southwales.ac.uk) or share it on social media using #USWMovember

 

We’ll be throwing events throughout the month and handing out awards to some of the best growers/fundraisers at the end so make sure you keep track of your progress and send us updates! 


 

Our Goals

We have three main goals that we want to achieve through this campaign.

  • Raise £500 for the Movember foundation.
  • Educate and inform our students about our wellbeing services and how the university can help you.
  • Work with the university to improve both the funding and accessibility of wellbeing services.

 

Help and further information

Here are some links to help you out; As always if you just need somebody to talk to both the SU and the universities wellbeing service, which is easily, accessed on Unilife. Saying that, here are some links I hope you find helpful.

 

Students against depressionhttps://www.studentsagainstdepression.org/

 

Samaritans - https://www.samaritans.org/

Telephone: 116 123

 

Facts are facts

In a recent BBC study, it was found that the number of students seeking mental health support while studying at university has increased by more than 50% in five years.

Globally, every minute a man dies by suicide

In the UK men remain three times as likely to take their own lives than women, and in the Republic of Ireland four times more likely.

There has been a significant decrease in male suicide in the UK, and the male suicide rate is the lowest in over 30 years.

 

Happy Movember and good mental health!


Niall
VP Education and Welfare, Cardiff and Newport

 

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