Thursday 1 March 2018
Braving the cold, the University of Northampton’s Mental Health Nursing students led the charge for the University’s awareness day this year, by running it themselves.
Battling the ‘Beast From the East’, the aim of the day is to help raise awareness about mental health, get people talking about it and ultimately reduce the stigma associated with mental health.
Information stands included:
- Counselling and mental health drop-in sessions available at University of Northampton
- Student Support Officers spoke about how they can help and when they are available
- Mental Health Awareness training on offer for staff and students
Some of the students from all programme years were also on hand to advise on issues such Mental Health First Aid, for which many of them have been trained in a subject-wide training programme that has been taking place over the past few months.
They also helped channel fellow students toward the many support services University of Northampton provides, as part of a ‘student to student’ approach.
Ola Jegeda, a first year Mental Health Nursing student, was one of those supporting the event: “It’s been a very exciting course, finding out more about a lot of things you take for granted. Mental Health First Aid, for instance, is something we don’t give as much importance to as physical first aid. But with days like this, we hope to do our bit at University of Northampton to change how we think and act on mental health.”