At the University of Suffolk, we are proud to align ourselves with World Mental Health Day and the values that inspire it. Those of us working as scholars and practitioners in the field of mental health understand the challenges and responsibilities – as well as the deep sense of satisfaction – that comes from being able to deliver high quality mental health care to those who need it most.
Along with my colleagues who deliver our counselling courses, I have the privilege of working with those who have decided to train as therapists to help create better futures for those living with mental health issues. I count myself truly fortunate to be working with such a talented group of colleagues and students – our shared interests and commitments are a continual reminder of the ways that we can support and learn from each other. There is, after all, so much that we now know about how to enable emotional and psychological well-being. But there is still a long way to go.
This year’s World Mental Health Day is concerned with ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World,’ and it is hard to think of a more relevant or timely theme. Since the start of the pandemic, we have been confronted with the inequalities in well-being, and of access to resources and opportunity which exist across the globe. These realities are challenging us to think about mental health and mental health provision in new ways. And at the heart of all these innovations will be the need for a highly skilled, versatile and creative workforce.
Here at the University of Suffolk, we are proud of the counselling training that we provide. Our courses range from an introduction to the fundamentals for those who want to discover what counselling entails to advanced qualifications that lead to eligibility for registration and accreditation. We are also expanding our range of offerings so that the University of Suffolk is the place that mental health practitioners can rely upon to meet their learning and development needs across the career lifespan. So please visit our website and if you want to know what it is like to study with us, one of our recent graduates, Kevin Ellis shares his experience.
In the meantime, and on behalf of everyone within the Counselling Team, I wish you a peaceful World Mental Health Day. Wherever you find yourself, and whatever the day might bring, I hope that you have a chance to reflect on what this issue means to you, your own well-being, and how you might play a role – big or small – in making a positive difference to the mental health of those around you.
Professor of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Counselling
School of Social Sciences and Humanities