The memorial service held on campus today, which unveiled a bench dedicated to the remembrance of Caitlyn Cook, 21, a former Television BA (hons) student who took her life last year, draws attention to the broader subject of mental health.
University can be a difficult time for students, as they are having to deal with deadlines, part-time jobs, future career plans, coupled with maintaining a social life, and still finding time to focus on yourself. These factors, along with personal issues, can cause an imbalance to a students wellbeing.
Mental health is a delicate issue and with the stigma surrounding it slowly decreasing, the Falmouth and Exeter support services have experienced challenges in meeting the requests of students, as the percentage of those using these services significantly increasing.
According to the university, they offer mental health and wellbeing support whenever it is needed. The campus offers practitioners and professionally trained counsellors to help students across all types of mental health issues, for example, stress, anxiety, depression, bereavement, among many others. They offer students six counselling sessions, each lasting one hour. However, students can request more sessions if their circumstances require it.
Harry Bishop, who has been re-elected to be FXU President for the Community & Welfare, told Truthfal: “the university invests in creating collaborations and relationships with external companies, like the Truro mental health team, the community mental health teams, and with the NHS foundation trust”.
Bishop is currently focusing on how to help students through digital wellbeing, which involves offering ways for students to try and help themselves by accessing these online support services, rather than just waiting for an appointment with a councillor.
Research has shown that 16 million people experience a mental health problem every year in the UK, and notably, stress is a key factor. The Mental Health Foundation offers a guide on ‘how to look after your mental health’, where they list the little things you can do in order to take care of yourself and improve your mental state.
Mental Health Awareness Week will begin on the 14th of May, and this year the focus will be on stress, and how to cope with it.
Follow the link for a glance at the “How to look after your mental health’ guide: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-to-mental-health