Date published: May 14, 2019

Be kind to yourself this Mental Health Awareness Week

While this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is themed Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies – we urge you to take some time to check-in with your mental health in general. Mental Health Awareness Week is from 13-19 May 2019.

When was the last time you checked in with yourself? Keeping ourselves mentally healthy takes time. Have you been giving yourself the care that you need? This Mental Health Awareness Week, spend time taking care of yourself and setting up some good habits for self-care.

Talk to someone

There may be times at university when you need to speak to someone. You might need support with a personal issue or need someone to listen. You might have a worry on your mind that you feel you can’t discuss with family or friends. The University has many options depending on your needs:

  • Counselling – talking therapy that takes place in a safe, trusting, non-judgmental environment
  • Wellbeing Service – Wellbeing Advisors don’t offer therapeutic sessions or counsel but have a good knowledge of mental health. They may refer you to a counsellor
  • Online counselling accessed through 42nd Street – free and friendly online support for young people in Salford
  • Rafiki, run by the Salford University Students Union – confidential peer listening service available for you to discuss concerns and worries
  • Your GP – can be accessed for an emergency appointment. You can register for the University of Salford Health Centre online.
  • Mental Health team at Accident and Emergency
  • Other crisis support options

Keep active

Regular exercise keeps your brain and other vital organs healthy. Exercise can boost self-esteem, help you concentrate, help you sleep and improve your mental health. Consider joining a sporting club, head to the gym, or include some light exercise in your commute if you’re able to.  Find out more about exercise options.

Eat well

Both your brain and your body need the right mix of foods and nutrients to function well. Look at what you’ve been eating and see if you can swap out some of the empty nutrients for some proteins, good fats or vitamins. Find out more about how your food affects your mood.

Check in on your friends

Have you noticed that a friend isn’t being their usual selves? Reach out to them to see how they are doing and encourage them to access more support if they need it.

Download apps to help your focus on your mental health

Here are a few apps to consider using, but there are several apps out there that can help you improve your mental health through relaxation, exercise, meditation and other health-focused activities.

  • Headspace – a guided meditation app
  • Noisli – a background noise and colour generator for working and relaxing
  • Couch to 5k – a fitness app that slowly introduce you to running
  • Smoke Free – an app to help you quit smoking

Be kind to yourself and don’t be afraid to check in with a professional.

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