STUDENT VOLUNTEERING: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT


 

THE IDEA

Students had an idea that they could help support each other with wellbeing and mental health concerns.

 

ACTION

  • The Welfare Officer is looking to run a campaign called Look After Your Mate to encourage students to look after their friends when they are experiencing poor mental health.

 

UPDATE

SEPTEMBER 30TH

  • The Welfare Officer's campaign Look After Your Mate details have been published, you can find out more information about dates of workshops to help look after your friend's mental health and wellbeing on the campaign webpage

 

NOVEMBER 5TH

  • The Look After Your Mate workshop had a significant impact across all campuses and received positive feedback from a variety of students. There were six Pet-a-Pooch sessions over the two weeks, ensuring that each campus had at least one visit. The dogs drew in around fifty students per session and many of them said it helped with their homesickness and allowed them to take time off from assessments. Alongside the Pet-a-Pooch sessions, the LAYM campaign successfully ran free coffee mornings and ‘notes of positivity’ across all campuses. Each event signposted students to the Look After Your Mate workshops run by the Wellbeing Department, with fourteen students attending in Treforest.

 

NOVEMBER 12TH

  • A meeting has been arranged with MIND by the Welfare Officer for Wednesday 11th December. The Welfare Officer will discuss how MIND and the SU can work together to improve mental health provision for students and is hoping to explore the possibility of student-led support groups as well. 

 

NOVEMBER 25TH

 

 

 

WHAT YOU SAID

"Create a student volunteering service, to help people with mental health problems and not only to promote wellbeing, mindfulness but anything that can help students. All the Psychology students have to do placements - I thought it would be better to volunteer on campus instead of going elsewhere; we would get to help other students."

 

 

 

 

HOW IT WORKS

1. Students submit ideas during Change Week.

2. Teams of students gather to hack solutions to the biggest problems.

3. Teams pitch their ideas to a panel of University big wigs.

4. SU Officers and teams work with staff to make the ideas a reality.