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University prepares for World Mental Health Day

5 Oct 2016 10:45AM

The University will be marking World Mental Health Day on 10 October by hosting a day of awareness at the Ipswich campus.

The mental health nursing team are organising a series of micro-lectures and a visual display around mental health first aid including recognising sign and symptoms of common mental health problems.

Academic staff from Nursing, Mental Health and Paramedic Science will be joined by voluntary organisations including the Suffolk Wellbeing service, Suffolk Family Carers, SOBS and Activ-lives.

The University is running the event to improve awareness around mental illness and in turn hopes to stigma which still exists.

Head of Department for Nursing Studies, Paul Driscoll-Evans, says “The mental health foundation statistics report that 1in 4 people will suffer from a mental illness in a given year but we know this figure is sure to be higher as many of those suffering do not access help. As well as this depression is the second leading cause of disability in the UK.”

“People are experiencing crises all around us every day, from losing a loved one, going through a stressful situation at work, or experiencing a serious physical illness. As well as this sadly there are people experiencing abuse and/or violence, all of which increase stress and the likelihood of developing mental health problems. It is important to provide the right support when people experience the stress of traumatic events, both in the global context and on an individual level.”

The mental health awareness event will take place in the Waterfront Building foyer between 10am-3pm on 10 October and will be open to students, staff and the public.

There will be information stands and tea and coffee will be provided. As part of this the benefits of gardening and mental wellbeing, Activ-lives will be in the foyer selling plants.

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