Since 2000 on the second Monday in May, the Mental Health Foundation has hosted Mental Health Awareness Week where its purpose is to highlight and promote a nationwide public mental health message. This year the focus is on ‘Stress: are we coping?’
Research shows that 16 million people experience a mental health problem each year, and stress is a key factor in this. In addition to:
• 4 - 10% of people in England will experience depression in their lifetime
• In 2016, 5,668 suicides were recorded in Great Britain. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female
• 1 in 6.8 people experience mental health problems in the workplace (14.7%)
• Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health problem as full-time employed men (19.8% vs 10.9%).
• Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups (BAME) are generally considered to be at higher risk of developing mental ill health due to factors of poverty and racism. They are likely to be diagnosed and admitted to hospital and receive a poor outcome from treatment. They are under-researched as a group in this area.
• Around 40 % of LGBT+ people experience a mental health issue, compared to 25 per cent of the wider population. Isolation, homophobic and transphobic discrimination and bullying are contributory factors.
• UK researchers have found that 30% of those with a long term physical disabilities have a mental health problem, and 46% of people with a mental health problem have a physical condition.
By identifying and dealing with stress we can go a long way to tackling mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and, in some instances, self-harm and suicide.
At QMUL we are developing a Wellbeing Strategy that will help to provide a positive working environment for all staff and students. In support of our strategy and as part of Mental Health Week 2018, the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team will be hosting a series of activities on its campuses, from 14 – 23 May 2018. They include workshops delivered by Innerspace, a meditation and personal development centre in Covent Garden, along with RTG Wellness’ offering free 10 minute massage sessions (please see below for booking).
The aim is to encourage the QMUL community to talk more openly about the issues relating to mental health, as well as help people manage and maintain their own mental wellbeing.
Activities are free and open to all. However, pre-registration is required.
Thursday, 17th May 2018
- How to Meditate - Learn a meditation skill that you can use as you commute, at your desk and at home. Quick tips on how to de-clutter your head space and go from noise to peace. The session includes a couple of guided meditations for participants to experience. Garrod Building, Room 1.21, Whitechapel. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2018-tickets-44189306405
Wednesday, 16th and Friday, 18th May 2018
- RTG Wellness massage session designed to re-invigorate and relieve stress. To book a place go to: massage sessions
Wednesday 23rd May 2018
- Manage Your Time - Get things done by working smarter, not harder. Develop simple tricks to use time effectively and enjoyably, rather than find your lifedictated by time!Art Two: 2.17, 13:00 – 14:00, Mile End. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2018-tickets-33852972151
QMUL is committed to removing the unwarranted stigma and taboo associated with mental health. Improving attitudes and increasing knowledge around mental health through the Adult Mental health First Aid Half Day course. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help:
London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard
Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Telephone: 01273 234839
Telephone: 0845 767 8000 (6pm-11pm)
Advice and Counselling Service (ARCS) - provided a range of specialist, professional and confidential services to support students with financial, welfare, legal, emotional and psychological issues.