The Student Christian Movement has today launched Well Beings, a practical guide to good mental health for students. Produced in partnership with Space to Breathe, the resource is a response to a recent survey of students that showed over 90% of students have had mental health problems or are supporting someone who has poor mental health.
The resource covers themes such as where to find help, how to face anxiety and how to build resilience. Each topic is presented along with simple, practical activities to help students develop good mental health.
Lisa Murphy, Acting National Coordinator, said: “Recent research confirms that poor mental health among students is a widespread problem, showing that only 14% of students are satisfied with life, and only 17% feel their life is worthwhile. In response to this we’ve created a resource for students which addresses these symptoms of poor wellbeing and mental ill health, and provides practical steps students can take to reflect, gain perspective and develop coping strategies to prevent issues from worsening.”
The resource has been published as part of a year-long focus on Student Mental Wellbeing. Emilia De Luca, a Trustee of SCM and Access and Inclusion representative said, “The Student Christian Movement believes that every student can have life to the full at university, and that good mental health is an important part of living fully. We hope that this resource will give students the confidence to ask for help when they need it and reassure them that they do not have to face these issues alone.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Student Christian Movement is an ecumenical student-led movement passionate about faith and justice. SCM brings students together to explore how to live out the Christian faith in today’s world.
2. Space to Breathe works to enhance the wellbeing of the people they work with using spirituality and the arts as their tools of choice. www.spacetobreathe.eu
3. Statistics taken from a survey of students by Space to Breathe and the Student Christian Movement, and the Higher Education Policy Institute and Advance HE Student Academic Experience Survey 2019 report. https://bit.ly/2Rexif3
Contact Lisa Murphy, 0121 426 4918