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The Students’ Union recognises that mental health remains a taboo topic and yet affects a large numb

 

On 6th of March 2013, almost 50 students took part in a high profile flash mob in Library Square to launch the Students' Union's mental health campaign. 

The flash mob was just the beginning of a whole programme of events that aimed to raise awareness and overcome the stigma and discrimination faced by those with mental health issues.

The key event was the first ever Sussex Mental Health Awareness day on Thursday 11th April 2013 which saw both the Students’ Union and the University of Sussex join hundreds of other leading national organisations in signing the Time to Change pledge to end mental health discrimination.

The event also saw a presentation on the findings of our student survey, some personal testimonials and a presentation by a representative from the national Time to Change campaign. Earlier in the day we also held a film screening and panel discussion around the portrayal of mental health by the media and film.

In the lead up to this event students from UniTV produced a short documentary about the experiences of Sussex students on mental health and the reasons behind this campaign. This film was screened for the first time as part of Sussex Mental Health Awareness Day.

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