Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We empower students with the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health and support others through our national network of university groups. One conversation at a time, we will transform the state of student mental health.
We know that most students talk to their friends when they are having a tough time.
We can talk to friends in confidence and they help us to keep challenges in perspective. The truth is that although university can be awesome, life’s curveballs still get thrown at us and in these situations we really need our mates to be there for us. Friendship can play a key role in helping someone live with or recover from any difficulties they are facing. But it can be hard to know what to say when a friend is struggling.
We will be running ‘Look After Your Mate’ workshops throughout the year to give you the necessary tips and tools to support a friend in need.
The workshop includes:
Key practical tips for supporting a friend
● Spotting signs in a friend
● How to start a conversation
● How to support a friend: Listening and learning.
● Signposting to support
● Looking after your own wellbeing as a supporter
Best of all, the workshop is FREE!!!
Check out our WHAT'S ON page for upcoming events and training opportunities! More coming soon September 2018!
Sunderland Students’ Union have teamed up with Student Minds to share the ‘Look After Your Mate’ campaign, which aims to give more students across the UK the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to support their friends at university. There are lots of ways you can get involved:
Why focus on friends?
We know that the state of student mental health is a pressing issue. We also know that students’ interactions with one another are key to changing attitudes and behaviours around mental health.
Check out some of the feedback from students who have attended 'Look After Your Mate' events!
"The workshop was freat, I loved it! I got a lot of information that's going to help me look after my mate and also in my personal life, my way to deal with people will change."
"Really well put together, engaging and it has a fun element to it. Delivery was really good and group interaction was great for opening up discussion."
"It was great, very informative!"
"The trainers were FAB!! They made the workshop worth it, their energy and communication style was great."
"Insightful. Would recommend for it to be delivered as a lecture."
"Fantastic workshop. I really enjoyed listening to other people's views and reinforcing what I have previously learned."
"The SU staff were great at delivering the training and very friendly and helpful."