Join us for Uni Mental Health Day 2024 when we'll be asking "When does anxiety become a problem?".
This is part of our "I Chose To Disclose" campaign, which aims to promote the benefits of sharing information about mental health difficulties, as well as the wide range of services available at university.
A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that nearly three-quarters of the population (73%) had felt anxious at least sometimes in the previous two weeks, with 20% anxious most or all of the time. These levels of anxiety were highest amongst 18 to 34-year-olds, single parents, carers, people identifying as LGBTQ+ and those from Black and minority ethnic communities.
For those who had felt anxious in the previous two weeks, more than a third (34%) stated it had interfered with their day-to-day life.
Nearly half the young people (18 to 24-year-olds) in the research (45%) and students (48%) indicated that anxiety had affected their day-to-day life to a great or moderate extent.
About the session
Some of the areas we will cover are:
- Anxiety as a "normal" response to everyday life
- When anxiety can be self-managed and how
- When students should seek support from student services
We'll be discussing this topic with a variety of professionals, including UMHAN members with backgrounds in student support, and researchers in student mental health.
Who should attend
This Lunch & Learn is open to all:
- Student services staff at all levels
- Accomodation providers
- Anyone interested in student mental health
Ashley Cave - Ashley is a UMHAN member with a psychology background. She is a Mental Health Adviser at the University Of Sunderland and Academic Tutor for the University of Newcastle's Low Intensity Psychological Therapies programme.
Dr Emma Palmer-Cooper - Emma is a research psychologist and lecturer at the University of Southampton, specialising in mental health and wellbeing research in both clinical groups and the general population. She also teaches Undergraduate and Postgraduate students Clinical Psychology and has a research interest in student mental health.
Dr Dominique Thompson - Dom is a UMHAN member and multi-award winning GP, who has previously worked in a University GP practice. She is a GP, young people's mental health expert, TEDx speaker, author and educator, with two decades of clinical experience.
Dr Mma Yeebo from University of Newcastle's Psychological Therapies Clinic. The PTTRC offers one to one CBT for students at Newcastle university and wellbeing workshops for students and staff. They are also involved in training/research.