The Students’ Union recognises that mental health remains a taboo topic and yet affects a large number of students.
Mental Health stigma and discrimination continues to be an issue, and the Students’ Union has decided to step up and challenge misconceptions.
We also intend for this to be a springboard to challenge the University on related issues around support and professional services.
Wednesday 10th October is World Mental Health Day which aims to raise public awareness about mental health issues. The day promotes open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention, promotion and treatment services.
We're pleased to announce that this year the Students' Union will be signing the Time To Change pledge to tackle mental health stigma and discrimination. We'll also be lobbying the University to sign the pledge too.
Signing the pledge is a public display of our commitment to tackling mental health discrimination on campus and amongst our employees, officers and volunteers.
You can sign the pledge individually to show your support for ending stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health.
Mental health problems affect one in four people.
One in ten young people will experience a mental health problem.
Nine out of ten people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.
Nearly three in four young people fear the reactions of friends when they talk about their mental health problems.
For 2012, the World Mental Health Day theme is “Depression: A Global Crisis”.
Depression affects more than 350 million people of all ages, in all communities, and is a significant contributor to the global burden of disease. Although there are known effective treatments for depression, access to treatment is a problem in most countries and in some countries fewer than 10% of those who need it receive such treatment.
Indi Hicks, Welfare Officer, is leading this campaign at Sussex.
You can contact her directly to get involved or contribute your ideas.
Phone: 01273 87 3354
Office: Advice & Representation Centre, Falmer House
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