To mark World Mental Health Day on Monday 10 October 2022, all members of the University of Kent community are invited to gather together and find out more about support available.
To recognise the importance of community and belonging in maintaining good mental health, we are hosting World Mental Health activities in both Canterbury and Medway for students and staff. Come on your own or bring your friends, flatmates, course mates, or colleagues and find out lots of ways you can boost your mental health and wellbeing at Kent.
For full details of what’s on at each location, please visit kent.ac.uk/wellbeing.
Canterbury Wellbeing Highlights
Staff and students on the Canterbury campus are invited to come and get a free hot drink and biscuit from the Templeman Library Terrace from 11.00-14.00 on Monday 10 October. Bring your own reusable cup if you can to help the health of the planet, and the first 180 people to come along can also take a free new Kent mug! Chat to the College and Community Life team student Residential Life Assistants about a variety of activities to connect with yourself and others, get creative with some colouring activities to do, and find out more about wellbeing initiatives coming up such as the Climate Cafe and Wellbeing Cafe.
Medway Wellbeing Highlights
Fancy winning some Amazon vouchers? The World Mental Health Day photo challenge is a free photography competition open to all Medway campus students and staff – share an image or moment that made you smile.
On campus on Monday? Come along to Pilkington building to meet with different support teams from the Universities at Medway as well as local mental health charities, who will be giving out some freebies and explaining what support is on offer. Drop into the Hub between 11.00-15.00 to get your nails done or have a free massage, or head to the Drill Hall Library for Pets as Therapy (cute dogs) and some books on wellbeing. See Medway World Mental Health Day events.
Student Support and Wellbeing – professional support for all students at Kent
Could you use professional help for your mental health? Did you know that Kent has a professional support service of over 100 specialist staff providing support in person and online? We’re here to support you with mental health, disabilities, and neurodiversity such as specific learning difficulties or autism, through 1:1 support as well as peer support groups and events.
There will be Student Support and Wellbeing staff at both Canterbury and Medway events where you can get advice on how to find support. You can also check out our Mental Health webpages and a short video of top mental health tips from our mental health team.
Look out for #UniKentWellbeing on the socials for more information year-round on what’s happening across the University for you.
Feel like you really need to talk to someone but the Student Support offices are closed? Check out the Emergency Support page with details on online, text, and telephone support available round the clock.
Written by Joshua Stevens and Natalia Crisanti, Student Services, updated 03.10.22