The Prioritise Our Mental Health campaign was launched this semester by your SU Welfare Officer Anna Mullaney and SU President Dom Trendall and comes as a retaliation against the under-prioritisation of student mental health and wellbeing in a number of different areas.
It is time to address the student mental health crisis and it is absolutely time to take the decision to prioritise it as an issue. We believe that student mental health is under-prioritised in a number of different ways, many of which we want to explore through this campaign.
Everyone should be prioritising our mental health. That means the University, the Students’ Union, the city, the country, the world, the solar system, the universe, etc., … as well as you yourselves. You deserve to prioritise your own mental health, even when it doesn’t feel like it.
I use the language of prioritisation deliberately because, at the moment, I don’t feel that mental health is adequately prioritised by any of the aforementioned groups...
How often do you take time for yourself? When was the last time you did something you really love and that makes you feel good? Have you cooked a decent, healthy meal recently? Or been for that run you’ve wanted to go on for so long? Have you joined that sports club you’ve been eyeing up since Intro Week? Did you give yourself breaks during exam season? Do you study at the weekends? Are you often still in the IC, The Diamond, or Western Bank after 5pm? Surviving off of Sainsburys Meal Deals? Are you still putting off meeting that old friend for coffee?
We think that it’s time for YOU to prioritise your mental health and wellbeing. It’s important.
If you, or someone you know, is looking for support for your mental health, please visit the University's Mental Wellbeing page here.
If you, or someone you are concerned about, is in crisis or in need of immediate support, please visit the University's webpage here. You can also call Samaritans free at 116 123 at any time.
However… we’d also like to see the university and the city doing more to prioritise student mental wellbeing. Ever wondered why it’s deemed acceptable to have deadlines next to each other, resulting in students staying up all night to complete them? Or why the University Counselling Service had to close its online registration last semester because it couldn’t cope with demand? We think there are ways in which many areas and departments within the University of Sheffield could do more to prioritise student mental health and wellbeing. Therefore, in March, we will be launching a survey where we want you to tell us about your wellbeing. We’ll then use this information to compile a report to take to the university as evidence to encourage them to prioritise our mental health. Keep an eye out for more information to come!
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