Mental Wellbeing Society

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!

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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 pat@papyrus-uk.org.

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!

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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.”

Resources

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:

Internal Resources

Mental Wellbeing Society
Facebook
email

RGU Nightline
Student-Led Peer to Peer Helpline
Website
email
tel: 01224 263646

Student Advice & Administration Co-ordinator
email
tel: 01221 263636

Adam James Johnston
Union President of Education and Wellfare
email
tel: 01224 262297

Counselling & Wellbeing at RGyoU
Student Counselling & Wellbeing Centre
Website

Disability & Dyslexia
RGU Disability & Dyslexia Advice & Support
Website
email
tel: 01224 26 21 03

External Resources

Student Minds
The UK’s Student Mental Health Charity
Website

SAMH
Scotland’s Mental Health Charity
Website

The Mental Health Foundation
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Website

Think Positive
NUS Scotland Mental Wellbeing Initiative
Website

NHS 24
Health Information & Self-Care Advice for Scotland
Website

Prevent Suicide App
Download

Samaritans
Counselling & Suicide Prevention
Website
tel: 116 123

Papyrus
Prevention of Young Suicide
website

Mental Health Foundation
Website

 

Laura

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