RGU Mental Wellbeing is the first UK society run by students dedicated to promoting positive & improving mental wellbeing of students and staff. We are open to all to become a member, volunteer or simply attend any of our events, such as Therapets.
Aiming to challenge stigma and raise awareness of the importance of mental health, we run several events throughout the year. Our first events were in celebration of World Mental Health Day!
During the 10th of October, we held a Tea and Talk and a Hopewalk on campus with RGU Union. Our Tea and Talk provided free food, tea and coffee from our event sponsor Aramark and our collaboration with RGU Film a free showing of “Little Miss Sunshine.” This was all in aid of the Mental Health Foundation which has some fabulous resources and support for those interested in Mental Health. Our Hopewalk around our huge campus in support of Papyrus – Prevention of Young Suicide. The event was supported by Adam James Johnston( RGU Union President of Education & Welfare) and Ian Webster (Accommodation & Catering Manager, Friday campus walks guide and Movember ambassador). We joined many other Universities across the country, raising awareness of suicide and preventative measures, such as creating a Suicide Safety Plan. Papyrus have some brilliant resources and support available for those directly or wanting to support someone feeling suicidal. This event was initiated by a member who holds this charity close to her heart. If you need support if you’re a young person at risk of suicide – or know someone who is- call the Hopeline on 0800 068 41 41, text on 0778 620 9697, or email at email@example.com.
We would like to thank everyone for all the support we received, from those who turned out on the day and enjoyed the very sunny walk on campus, to those who supported us online!
To all you readers out there, you are not alone and help is available to you. Remember, it’s ok not to be ok.
There are lots of resources available both internally at RGU and externally to help. Most of which operate on a free, confidential & non-judgemental basis. A huge milestone is the creation of the Student Mental Health Agreement by former Union President of Education and Welfare, Kerry Harrison. This was created with NUS Scotland guidance to “create opportunities to change perceptions of mental health among the student community, challenge any negative attitudes and promote positive outcomes and supportive strategies to maximise the student experience.”
Please take a look at the following resources to help you with any mental health issues you may come across during your time at RGU:
Student Advice & Administration Co-ordinator
tel: 01221 263636
Adam James Johnston
Union President of Education and Wellfare
tel: 01224 262297
Counselling & Wellbeing at RGyoU
Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre
The UK’s Student Mental Health Charity
Scotland’s Mental Health Charity
The Mental Health Foundation
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
NUS Scotland Mental Wellbeing Initiative
Health Information & Self-Care Advice for Scotland
Prevent Suicide App
Counselling & Suicide Prevention
tel: 116 123
Prevention of Young Suicide
Mental Health Foundation