By Maddison Taylor– Mental Health Rep Candidate (Chelmsford Campus)
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If you are struggling with your mental health, you are not alone. Did you know that 1 in 5 students suffers with their mental health? Or that 33% of students often or always feel lonely1. It is important to recognise that we all have a mental health. By definition, mental health is a person’s cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being2. Perhaps you are thinking but why does this matter to me? It matters as we all experience emotions. By developing a greater understanding of our emotions, we can better cope when life throws a curveball at us. Focusing on your mental wellbeing is as important as your physical wellbeing. It is fundamental that there are more safe and open forums for students to discuss how they are feeling and feel comfortable to do so without negative consequence.
I am Maddison and I hope to be your first ever Mental Health Rep at ARU’s Chelmsford campus. My aim is to guide students to making subtle but positive changes to support their mental health and support other students’ wellbeing. Small changes can be so effective, I hope to share some wisdom from my experience of cognitive and dialectal behavioural therapy.
I am aware that some of the biggest challenges which impact student’s mental health include: relationships, body image, substance abuse, loneliness, anxiety and social media. I would like to tackle some of these concerns by implementing training for students to improve our resilience, coping skills and address a healthy work-life balance. There is an awful lot of stigma attached to mental illness and through more open discussion and education, these misconceptions can be addressed. If you would like to hear more from me and discuss how you can help make changes too, please reach out. I am always happy to have a chat and can ensure you confidentiality and lack of judgement are two of my moral principles when it comes to mental health discussion.
Feel free to follow my campaign on Instagram. My direct messages are open.
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