Trigger Warning: Suicidal Thoughts
The UK is facing a mental health crisis. 1 in 4 UK adults are directly affected by a mental health problem, and estimates suggest that at least 1 in five of 5 are affected by suicidal thoughts. In the UK in 2006, 31 million antidepressant prescriptions were dispensed, but now this figure has risen to around 83.4 million prescriptions in 2021 (BBC).
University is often thought of as being one of the best times in a person’s life, but for some students, this unfortunately isn’t the case. Academically, students face a heavy workload, constant deadlines, a competitive ethos, and a high pressure to succeed. University can also be a challenging experience socially, including moving away from home and making new friends, trying new activities such as clubbing - whilst simultaneously demanding an increased level of maturity, financial responsibility, and independence.
With all this in mind, Student Minds invest time, attention, funding, and focus into offering accessible routes to mental health management.
What does this look like?
Previously, Student Minds have run two inclusive support groups for students that encourage and empower them to lead mentally healthy lifestyles.
If you're passionate about mental health, then joining the Mind Your Head Committee is a great way for you to get involved and support others. Email us at: StudentLedServices@cardiff.ac.uk to register your interest and find out more.
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