On Thursday, 9th March 2023, students at University Centre WISE and Queens Road (Bristol School of Art) Campuses came together to celebrate University Mental Health Day. The event was aimed at promoting mental health awareness and encouraging students to prioritise their mental well-being.
The day started with students engaging in various activities such as making stress balls and pom poms, which allowed them to focus on a calming activity while also interacting with their peers. Mindfulness colouring, clay making, and hand massages were also available, providing students with the opportunity to slow down and focus on the present moment.
Students also participated in sound therapy, where they used headphones to listen to calming sounds and music. In addition, a mental health awareness spin the wheel was set up, where students could participate in pledges and challenges that focused on self-care and mental health.
One of the highlights of the day was spending time with Socket, our wellbeing dog. Students were able to play and comfort Socket, which helped to reduce stress and anxiety.
Emily, undergraduate student, reflected on how the day helped her focus on her mental health and connect with others. "I really enjoyed the activities and spending time with Socket. It made me realise the importance of taking time for myself and focusing on my mental health. I also enjoyed talking to other students about how they focus on their mental health and what works for them."
The University Mental Health Day was a great success, with students taking the time to prioritise their mental health and connect with others. It was a reminder that mental health is an important part of overall well-being and that it is important to take care of oneself in order to thrive.