What I've Learned About Mental Health

Charlotte gets personal about her mental health journey and what she has learned about it throughout the years.

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day occurs every year with the aim to raise awareness of mental health issues and to reduce the stigma which surrounds them. This is such an important day as it gives us the opportunity to raise a range of issues such as loneliness, homesickness, academic pressures, housing, financial difficulties and physical health which contribute to your mental health at university. Taking the time to step back and breathe to reflect on how you look after yourself is a crucial step to take.

Taking the time to step back and breathe to reflect on how you look after yourself is a crucial step to take.

Therefore, I decided to create this campaign to promote the awareness of what consent is. Through it, I aim at opening up conversations surrounding consent. Despite sexual consent sounding like such a simple concept, it very often isn’t being put into practice.

Only recently have I learned the importance of doing things which make you truly happy and help you grow, rather than trying to please everyone. Surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good and taking the time to do things you’ve always wanted to do is one of the first steps in prioritizing your mental health! This year I’d like to help people take a minute to themselves and remember that you should look after yourself and prioritise yourself every day.

Make sure you try and stay connected with your friends, family and community. Keep active and take notice of the present moment, exploring the world around you. Every moment of our lives we learn and grow as people. Trying to learn new skills e.g. cooking, or trying out new hobbies through societies or sports clubs can really help improve your mental wellbeing!

(...) prioritise yourself every day.

It’s so important to remember that mental health day is every day and to reach out if you need to by contacting StudentConnect@cardiff.ac.uk.

Or you can always drop me a message about anything! Contact me on my email VPWelfare@cardiff.ac.uk or on social media @vpwelfarecsu.

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