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Blog: Mental Health Awareness Week

We all know that studying at university can be overwhelming. Sometimes you may feel like you are struggling to find a balance between studying, spending time with good friends, leading active lifestyle while maintaining your personal wellbeing. This is all to say that adult-ing can be a difficult journey.

The good thing is, you’re not alone in this. Every one of us will experience some kind of mental health difficulties at some point in our lives, which is why it’s so important for us to talk about mental health.

How can I get involved?

This week, take some time outside of your studies to join our Mental Health Network in these upcoming events:

Let's Talk About Mental Health (9 October, 18:30, Arts Lecture Theatre 1)

An event for students to share their experiences with mental health in an informal and open way, helping us to break down the stigma of mental health and let people know that it's okay to talk!

Cameron Grant Memorial Night (10 October, 19:00, Tommy's Lounge)

Cameron Grant was a Royal Holloway student who took his own life in 2014, after a silent battle with depression. On this World Mental Health Day, we celebrate Cameron Grant’s life with night of singing, poetry and a discussion on students’ mental health. Afterwards, we will be releasing balloons into the sky in memory of Cameron.

Boilerhouse Sessions: Writing on Mental Health with Charly Cox (12 October, 19:00, Boilerhouse Tank Room)

Producer and writer Charly Cox will be reading poetry and answering questions about writing on mental health. This event is hosted by RHUL English Literature society and the RHUL English department, there will be wine and soft drinks available.3

Mural Making (Wed, 11 Oct & Fri, 13 Oct, 18:00, Munro Fox Seminar Room)

Join the Mental Health Network in creating a campus-wide mural which focuses on the question 'What mental health support would you like to see more of at RHUL?’ Get crafty and creative with us for two entire nights of painting, glitter, collaging and more!

Just to remind you, The College provides all students with wellbeing and support services and the counselling services if you need someone to chat to and get professional advice.

As always, feel free to contact me with ideas or questions via email or Facebook.

WILLOW WONG
VICE-PRESIDENT, WELFARE AND DIVERSITY