The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact across the globe, and the true impact on not only physical health, but also our mental health is starting to become apparent.
Recent studies show that 26.8% of people aged 16-24 report having had suicidal thoughts in their lifetime, a higher percentage than any other age group. We believe that one loss of life to suicide is one too many. This topic is incredibly emotive and difficult, but it is too important not to talk about.
Today is University Mental Health Day, and we want to raise awareness and start a conversation around not feeling fine and in fact having feelings of depression, hopelessness, and/or having suicidal thoughts.
It is vital to make our community aware of how and where to access support for themselves or for a friend. Take a look at our page to find ways to get support (including urgent support) and also some training to help you feel able to start a conversation with anyone you might feel needs to talk about their mental health.
Exeter students are fantastic at raising funds for mental health charities, as shown once again by raising an incredible £127,567 for Movember in 2021. It’s time to also start talking about our mental health too. Unsure how to offer support to a friend you’re worried about? We’ve got some ways to start the conversation.
Find more help, support and resources here.