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Let’s talk about mental health

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Mental health affects us all – how we think, feel and act, how we manage stress, how we make choices and how we interact with others. In recognition of today's World Mental Health Day, we have highlighted some resources and strategies to encourage good mental health across the University of West London (UWL) community.

The University’s Wellbeing Advisors provide a confidential service to students with diagnosed mental health conditions and other disabilities. The team can offer assistance through individual support plans, reasonable adjustments to academic study and daily drop-ins (available Monday to Friday).

Additionally, the University has its own Counselling Team, which is confidential and free to all UWL students. The service uses a therapeutic and psychological approach to provide emotional support around anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. The team also run a series of psycho-educational workshops throughout the year - look out for the #WorkshopWednesdays calendar of events on campus.

It is this caring and holistic environment, with students’ wellbeing at its core, that helped UWL student Christianah Onifade-Caroll succeed in her studies with the Claude Littner Business School (CLBS). Christianah, who has lived with mental health issues for two decades, has an average grade above Distinction level (70%), is an elected student representative, and was the recipient of a CLBS outstanding academic achievement award earlier this year.

Praising staff members for contributing to her success, Christianah said: ‘I would recommend the University of West London to anybody in my situation, especially if you are ambitious and keen to move on in life. Members of staff have given me so much support and encouragement that I sometimes forget I have a disability.’

Dr Amelia Au-Yeung presents award to Christianah Onifade-Caroll in recognition of her outstanding achievement

Beyond UWL student services, our students have their own great ideas about dealing with stress and supporting their mental health. A large majority turn to physical activity and sports, such as dance, cycling and strength training, which helps both in clearing the mind and with building self-esteem. Others prefer listening to music, writing or reading. The common thread from all of these discussions is the importance of talking to others about how you are feeling.

 
Student quote about cycling reducing stress and a picture of a bicycle  
 

The Mental Health Foundation also suggests a variety of practical ways to support mental health, such as keeping active, caring for others and eating well. You can view their recommendations here.

If you or someone you know would like to access mental health support at UWL please contact the Wellbeing team:

Telephone: 020 8231 2739

Email: disability@uwl.ac.uk or counsellor@uwl.ac.uk

More information is available on the UWL website.