Category: Academic Support
University can often be a very stressful time for students and staff alike, especially around exam season. The Students' Union took a huge step in the right direction with the introduction of Rafiki, the peer to peer listening service. Recent statistics reveal the extent of the student mental health crisis in the UK. In 2015/16, over 15,000 first-year students in UK universities reported that they had a mental health problem, compared to approximately 3,000 in 2006.
I feel that more can be done for students to make sure they are feeling the best they can be. Mindfulness helps us to become aware of the present moment and can help us enjoy the world around us more, understanding ourselves better. It has gained huge popularity within the past decade, with many people using it to improve their mental wellbeing. Mindfulness is particularly great at alleviating stress and I feel that students would definitely see a benefit from these sessions.
These sessions would be run by the Students’ Union and would help create a much needed conversation about mental health. They would also gain further attention to Rafiki, a wonderful service already being provided by the Students' union.
It is nice to meet other peers, share and encourage each other to continue working hard in our studies.