Who are we?
Student Minds is a national charity that works to help students with mental health problems, and campaigns to raise awareness about student mental health. Here at Student Minds Bath, we are a student-led group committed to supporting university students with their mental health and wellbeing.
What do we do?
We run a number of campaigns and events on campus to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and wellbeing for students, as well as taking part in national campaigns such as Eating Disorders and Depression Awareness Weeks.
Our sub-group, Positive Minds, is a student-led peer support group which offers a free six-week course aimed at helping students experiencing low mood and mild depression. This has had a lot of success at universities throughout the UK, and we hope to continue that success here at Bath.
What campaigns have we got planned for the year?
- Eating Disorder Awareness Week (February 2017)
- Self-Harm Awareness Day and University Mental Health Day (2nd March 2017)
- Depression Awareness Week (April 2017)
- World Health Day (7th April 2017)
What are our aims for the year?
- Increase our social media presence and make the content relatable: we want our Facebook page to be a warm and friendly place to visit if students are feeling low or need some light-hearted motivation.
- Introduce a blog where students can share their coping mechanisms and stress-busters; hopefully we will collaborate with Bath Impact.
- Collaborate with more societies for events to reach a greater number of students: mental health wellbeing applies to all!
An easy way to stay up to date with what we are doing is to like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/studentmindsbath?fref=ts.
You can also subscribe to our email list to receive regular updates and further information about volunteering opportunities.
Need emotional support?
- Contact the Counselling and Mental Health Teams (in 4 West) to book an appointment and speak to a trained mental health professional. Call 01225 385538, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information can be found on their website: www.bath.ac.uk/counselling/.
- Bath Nightline is a student-run listening service open every night, 8pm-8am during term time. You can find their number on the back of your library card.
- Samaritans is open 24hours a day, offering a 100% confidential helpline. Call 08457 909090. www.samaritans.org
- You may find it helpful to get in touch with the Advice and Representation Centre (Level 3 of the Students Union). Visit their website for further information and opening hours: www.bathstudent.com/advice.
Need immediate medical attention?
If you feel that you’ve recently been struggling to cope, or you have had thoughts about hurting yourself in any way, please take action now to keep yourself safe:
- Get in touch with your GP as soon as you can.
- If your surgery is closed, call NHS Direct (111) for further advice.
If you are about to harm yourself or have already done so, phone 999 now (if you are on campus, call the University Security emergency number, 01225 383999, to do this). Visit Students Against Depression for advice and suggestions on what to do now.