Mind Your Head
Mind Your Head is the GSA’s student-led campaign that aims to improve mental health awareness and support available to students at the University of York.
We believe that although mental health is as important as physical health, it is not as widely discussed and supported.
Recent research suggests that up to 20% of University students consider themselves to have a mental health problem. While there are many resources available to people suffering with mental health difficulties, it can be hard to know where to look for help.
We aim to provide an accessible and comprehensive resource providing information onwhere to go and who to speak to for any mental health difficulty. This is to ensure students have access to quick and accurate information, when they need it.
The project will also help differentiate between when a mental health problem is normal stress or strain of studying, and/or when it may be mental health difficulty.
There are multiple sources of help available at the University, but it can be difficult to know which one to turn to in each situation. Contacting the incorrect resource can mean delays to getting the help they need. Therefore, by informing students of the correct routes and what to expect from each resource – including the time that you may have to wait – they are equipped with correct information from the beginning of their quest for help.
Alongside an online compilation of contacts, we aim to provide direct support in the form of peer support services. This will mean that students who have first-hand experience of mental health difficulties can support others who are experiencing similar issues in a supportive and confidential environment.
Reducing stigma surrounding mental health issues is really important and Mind Your Head aims to inform and support students in need.
For more information about Mind Your Head, check out there dedicated website www.mindyourheadyork.org