In 2017, University Mental Health Day took place on the 2nd of March.
It was a great opportunity to bring together all of the key players in university mental health, and for 2017 we celebrated our most successful year yet!
The Active Mental Health theme aimed to open up conversations about the relationship between mental and physical wellbeing, and event organisers had lots of fantastic ideas to demonstrate this to students and staff.
The campaign also acknowledged and addressed the barriers to participation that people face at university, especially for those experiencing mental health difficulties. The day was an opportunity to get more students involved in volunteering projects and events, helping to build up a larger base of students and staff to support future health promotion and campaigns. University Mental Health Day was started by UMHAN in 2012 and is jointly coordinated by Student Minds. This year, an estimated 7800 people took part in campaign events, with 81 universities running events on the day.
On the internet, 5603 different people used the hashtag #UniMentalHealthDay, reaching 17,077,906 users in one day - that's amazing!
The hashtag also stormed the UK trending list during the afternoon, hugely increasing public exposure to the campaign.
Active Mental Health Stories
Student Minds commissioned a whole series of Active Mental Health video stories for University Mental Health Day! We found out why people are active for their mental health, and how everyone can be active despite the barriers that are in place.
Everyone can be active for their mental health. In this series of six university stories, we find out their motivations for keeping active and the things they do to be active for their body and mind.
Videos filmed and edited by Word on the Curb. Check out more of their fantastic work on their Youtube channel.