World Mental Health Day 2017 at UWTSD


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David have been celebrating World Mental Health Day 2017 with a series of events to promote wellbeing and raise mental health awareness.

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Trinity Saint David’s Student Union (TSDSU) held a series of events as part of their Wellbeing Week campaign being held across Carmarthen, Swansea, and Lampeter this week. Students in Carmarthen were invited to an event called Pawsitivity, in which Alpet Poundies and Many Tears Rescue Sanctuary brought some of their dogs to the campus. Swansea and Lampeter also held coffee mornings in which students were encouraged to take a break and relax for five minutes. Rob Simkins, President of TSDSU, said: “Today in Carmarthen we teamed up with Alpet Poundies to fill the SU Building with rescue dogs and students visited to get their dose of fuss.  We had over 70 students pay a visit, and also raised £149 for Alpine Poundies in the process. It's well documented that students in university nowadays suffer more with mental health than their predecessors, so it’s important today of all days to remember that it's okay to not be okay - and that there's always someone who can help.  Have a happy World Mental Health Day!”

Andrea Williams, Beverley Coles,

Staff and students from UWTSD’s School of Psychology also attended a World Mental Health Day 2017 Resource and Information event in Swansea’s Grand Theatre. The event, which was organised by Swansea Council, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, the Patients’ Council, and Swansea Network User Group gave students studying Psychology and Counselling Studies at the university the opportunity to attend lectures and to meet with a wide range of mental health organisations who operate in the local area.

Andrea Williams is the Programme Director of the Integrated Masters Humanistic Counselling programme at UWTSD. She said: “On World Mental Health Day 2017, it’s great to come and engage with services that are already out there. Days like today help break down the stigma that’s attached to mental health problems. It really promotes cross-discplinary working and provides our students with volunteering opportunities that will encourage the empathy, care, and compassion that they will need for a career in counselling.”

Beverley Coles is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. She said: “Volunteering is an excellent opportunity for our students as well because they are the practitioners of tomorrow who will be getting out there and doing some great work in mental health.”

Ingrid Eccles is a 2nd year BA Counselling Skills and Interdisciplinary Studies student. She said: “There are so many different organisations that I didn’t even know existed. Events like this are great because they open up different organisations that I would like to work with.”

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