World Mental Health Day on 10 October is an opportunity for Canterbury Christ Church University, working with the Students’ Union, to demonstrate how it values the mental wellbeing of all its students and staff, and to promote a positive environment that supports good mental health for all.

You can get involved with lots of events planned throughout the day as follows:

  • Five Ways to Wellbeing, Touchdown, 10am- 4.30pm

Whether it is being active by having a go on a smoothie bike or giving back by donating to the local charity Friends of St Martins, this is a great chance to discover your five ways to wellbeing. Write a leaf for the tree of kindness, have a photo with your pants, meet your SU Sabbatical Officers or give mindfulness colouring in a try.  There is plenty for everyone to join in with, plus there is a FREE fruit giveaway!

  • Wellbeing Walk, 12 noon, meeting outside Touchdown 
  • Looking after your Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Old Sessions House and Augustine House, 10am – 2pm

Find out what support and networks are available both in and outside of the University with a range of information stalls on hand including our own Student Support, Health and Wellbeing Team as well as organisations such as Samaritans, Live Well Kent and Red Zebra. You will also have a chance to meet Students Minds, a Students’ Union society who work on a number of mental health campaigns throughout the year.

  • Mental Health for All, Michael Berry Theatre, 12-2pm

Join us for a range of informal drop in sessions including:

  • 12pm – Drugs and Mental Health
  • 3pm – Mindfulness
  • 1pm – Local Support Organisations

We will also be launching the University’s commitment to the Time to Change pledge as well as announcing the winners of our World Mental Health Day Poetry and Short Story competition.

  • Bibliotherapy, Augustine House, AH2.23, 2-4pm

Local poet, Luigi Marchini is leading this collaborative session where together we will look at literary books that deal with mental health and how they can helps us.  

  • Celebrating World Mental Health Day, Michael Berry Theatre, 5.30pm

After an inspirational performance by the CCCU Gospel Choir, join Professor Helen James, Pro Vice Chancellor (Education and Student Experience) and Helen Greatorex, Chief Executive of Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust for a presentation on “Mental Health the way forward”.

This is followed by a panel debate Mental Health and Higher Education” chaired by Christ Church Students’ Union President, Krum Tashev and including the NUS Disability Officer, Rachel O’Brien.

There is also a range of activity planned at Medway campus between 11-2pm

  • Sample the wares of The Depressed Cake Shop and add to the Mind Apples tree at Rowan William Court
  • Visit the stalls at the wellbeing fair and meet the ‘Pets as Therapy’ dogs at the Student Hub
  • Join in with fun craft activities and discover the wellbeing resources at the Drill Hall Library
  • Add to the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ graffiti board, learn more from some short films about mental health and talk to the chaplain in the Faith Space at Pilkington.

Not able to make it on campus? Don’t worry, CSRfm will be covering the event all day with interviews and features on mental wellbeing – so you don’t have to miss out.  And visit www.canterbury.ac.uk/mentalwellbeing.

Need to talk? Our Mental Wellbeing team can offer confidential support and advice on a range of mental health matters, while www.bigwhitewall.com  is a free online support service available to all Christ Church students.