This year on 03 March we will be asking how we can improve mental health and wellbeing for students.
Get involved, share your voice and help us reduced stigma and discrimination of mental illness.
We want staff, students and apprentices to:
- THINK about the support for mental health in their institution
- And work towards POSITIVE changes to make sure that anyone experiencing mental ill-health feels that they can continue in their studies or work without facing stigma or discrimination.
We have been collecting stories from students and staff about their experience of mental health and support. You can find these here. What do you think? Share your views or join in the conversation on social media.
What we do
Think Positive currently works with colleges and universities across Scotland to help them make mental health a priority in their institution. One way we do this is through supporting Student Mental Health Agreements which are a framework for policy and practice around mental health. As part of the Mental Health Agreements we also offer training to staff and students in Scottish Mental Health First Aid.
Institutions that have set up a Student Mental Health Agreement and staff who have completed the Mental Health First Aid training should be easy to spot as we have given them stickers, e-badges and e-buttons to display. We hope that this will mean you know that there are staff you can turn to if you are experiencing mental illness. These stickers should also be a clear sign that your institution is committed to creating a positive environment where you can talk about mental health without worrying about how this might effect your grades, your relationships or career.
Can’t see that logo where you study? Speak to a member of staff about Think Positive or get in touch with us today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Another project we have been working on is Healthy Body, Healthy Mind Awards. The awards partnership initiative between NUS Scotland and Scottish Student Sport, funded by the Scottish Government, which focus on the link between sports, physical activity, smoking prevention and mental health.
We have also been working on developing a Self-Management Toolkit based on what you have told us helps or hinders your mental health. We chatted with students from across Scotland who shared their tips for managing their mental health and some examples of good and bad support they had experienced. We will be sharing this with you online soon so keep an eye out!