Sheffield students encouraged to speak out about suffering from mental illness

Sheffield charities celebrated World Mental Health Day at the University of Sheffield Students’ Union: a prime location as the number of student sufferers is steadily increasing.

World Mental Health Day falls on the 10th October each year and is an opportunity to raise awareness of mental health problems and campaign against the stigma that makes it so difficult for sufferers to speak out.

Lucy Cooper, a counsellor at Sheffield Mind, said that students are one of the largest demographics affected by mental health problems, and the number is growing. This can be due to financial worries, feeling burnt-out about coursework, but also simply the pressures of keeping up with our modern, always switched on society.

But students aren’t the only ones who suffer.

Lucy continued, “There’s the well-known statistic that one in four people are affected by a mental illness, so it’s something that does affect all of us in some way.

“As it is also Sheffield Mental Health Week, there are many events going on. The idea is to encourage conversations based around recovery and break down the stigmatisation in regards to mental health.”

Some of the events organised include Tea and Talk with Sheffield Mind, where sufferers can have an informal chat about mental wellbeing and learn about art and drama therapy; and a talk at the Students’ Union about living with anorexia.

However, it was also stressed that a visit to the GP should be the first port of call for anyone suffering from mental health issues, regardless of how minor they may seem.

 

Kimberley John

2nd year journalism student at the University of Sheffield. Copy editor for Forge Press and writer for Liberty Belle magazine.

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