University Mental Health Day

University Mental Health Day is a national campaign to focus efforts on promoting the mental health of people who live, work and study in higher education. The University and the Guild of Students are getting involved by hosting activities across campus, to show you how you can support your own wellbeing and where to access support if you are struggling.

Join us on Thursday 1 March 2018.

The theme is community 

Being at university can raise a number of unique challenges to your mental health and wellbeing. Communities are fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing as they can promote:

  • A sense of belonging which leads to reduced isolation and encourages positive wellbeing, improving physical and mental health outcomes.
  • Networks of support, where there is signposting, promotion and partnerships with existing mental health support services both in the University and local community. 

We all have mental health and therefore all have a part to play in creating a community where all students in higher education can thrive. 

What's happening?


Student Wellbeing Information Fair 
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 12.00noon-3.00pm
Venue: Great Hall, Aston Webb 

Open to all.

Drop in for talks and stands to learn about:

• The 5 ways to wellbeing at University of Birmingham: Give, Learn, Take Notice, Be Active, Connect.
• Our community of professional support and information for mental health.

Talks are open to all staff and students and will take place in the Great Hall:

Hope Virgo - Mental Health Campaigner and author

Hope is a graduate of The University of Birmingham, a mental health campaigner and author of 'Stand tall, little girl'. Hope suffered with anorexia for over 4 years, before being admitted to a Mental Health Hospital in 2007. Hope is now at the stage of 'ongoing recovery' and wants to use her experiences of mental health illness to champion the rights of others, inspire them to get well, and help break the stigma of mental illness. 

Alexa Carney - Forward Thinking Birmingham

Forward thinking is the city's mental health partnership for 0-25 year olds. Come and listen to Alexa, the Access Centre Manager, talk about the role of the access centre, what happens if you are referred and ask any questions you have about the service.

Dr. Karen Newbigging - The Birmingham Institute for Mental Health 

In this presentation, Karen will talk about why mental health is an important area for research. She will describe the focus for this at the University of Birmingham and describe the work of the newly established Institute for Mental Health and the University’s Mental Health Commission, both of which are focusing on the mental health of young people. Karen will briefly describe her current research and why it is important to undertake research in partnership with people who have experience of mental ill-health.

NHS Campervan

Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 12.00noon-3.00pm
Venue: Chancellor's Court

Come and help us start a conversation about good Mental Health: 

• What do you do for your mental health?
• Who do you speak to for your mental health?

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College of Arts and Law

A picture says a thousand words
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 11.00am - 12.00noon
Venue: LR3, Arts building

An open forum to explore how a picture can say a thousand words, and conversation to follow.

Perfectionism: far from perfect?
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 12.00noon - 1.00pm
Venue: LR3, Arts building

A workshop on perfectionism, something which afflicts a surprising numbers of students.

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College of Social Sciences

Welfare Walks – Winterbourne
Date: Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 10.00am or 2.00pm 
Venue: Winterbourne 

Blow away the cobwebs with our wellbeing walk in Winterbourne as part of University Mental Health Day. Join Welfare Officers from CoSS as they have a wander around the beautiful and tranquil Winterbourne Gardens, just a stone's throw from main campus.

Please remember your University of Birmingham ID card for free entry!

Sign up for your place.

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College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Colouring and Cake
Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 11.30am-1.00pm – Drop in at any time
Venue: Engineering Lounge in Mechanical Engineering Building (Y3)

Drop in for a mindfulness colouring session, with tea, coffee and cake! We will also have pick a mix available so please come by and meet your wellbeing officers in EPS and other students within the college.  

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College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Wellbeing Information Stand
Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 10.00am -1.30pm
Venue: Undercroft, Biosciences building (R27)

Come along to find out more about the College and University mental health and wellbeing services, as well as the events of University Mental Health Day.

Wellbeing Focus Group Discussion
Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 14.00pm -15.00pm
Venue: Beale Room, Aston Webb (opposite Student Hub)

A student-driven focus group to discuss concerns around mental health and how to approach them whilst building resilience.   

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College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Pay it Forward
Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 12.00noon-2.00pm – Drop in at any time
Venue: Wolfson Common room

A chance for you to stop and think about who has helped you on your university journey so far. How could you pay it forward and help create a community where all students in higher education can thrive. 

Are you in a position to provide a bit of peer support?  Are any of your friends struggling at the moment and could use a friendly face? 

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The Guild of Students

Thursday 1 March 2018
Time: 11.00am-4.00pm – Drop in at any time
Venue: The Green Room, The Guild

A relaxing space where you can just chill out and have a chat to the Student Minds group and get peer advice on how to get mental health support. We'll also have a self care board where you can write your own self care tips to help others.

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Know someone in need of support?

Things can get on top of any of us. Often, talking to a friend, or to family, can help get things back in perspective and that’s enough. At other times, we need a bit more input from someone outside our immediate circle. There’s lots of support here in the University community so don’t be shy about using it.