University Mental Health Day is an annual event that was set up to raise awareness of and improve mental health in higher education. This year it takes place on Thursday 4 March and universities across the nation are getting involved virtually.
There are over 2.3 million students studying in UK universities; many experiencing anxiety, stress and, rather than enjoying their new found freedom of adult study, may be overwhelmed by the new challenges of university life.
The pandemic has brought new challenges and uncertainties. Disruption of to face to face studies and the usual activities that encourage socialising and making friends are no longer happening in the same way. Some will have relied on their ability to work during university now have added financial concerns.
How are university communities coming together to support mental health and wellbeing?
There are a range of resources available to help students, with a particular focus on mental health and wellbeing. We explore some of the options available below:
- Student Space
Student Space was set up to help students through the challenges of the coronavirus. This wonderful website is a hub full of information providing a vital point of contact for students.
The website offers advice and guidance and can point students to the support services available at their university. It also has a useful mental health and wellbeing section with 11 resources, helping students with mental and physical health and tips on how they can improve their wellbeing.
- Student Minds
Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity, empowering students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and bring about creative change.
Its website offers a host of resources from articles such as exam stress and looking after your mental wellbeing to the University Mental Health Charter which was created by thousands of staff and students to help higher education to thrive.
- University Mental Health Day website
The University Mental Health Day website brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing change to the future of student mental health.
University Mental Health Day events across the UK from Scotland to Southampton are showcased on this website and campaign ideas and resources are provided for all groups to get involved.
How ROMBi can help
The ability to organise busy workloads is an essential skill for students. Students can often become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information that is shared with them. We also know that learning how to study and attend lectures from home can bring additional pressures.
This is where ROMBi can help.
ROMBi is an innovative study aid being used by students worldwide to raise their perceptual organisation, which is fundamental for the ability to think clearly, make decisions well and put them into practice with ease.
Perceptual (spatial) organisation determines how the mind coordinates cognitive functions, memory, attention, organisation of ideas, fine motor skills and gross motor skills.
ROMBi is enabling students everywhere to transform their experience of study and of other aspects of their lives. ROMBi play draws in focus and begins to organise ideas, allowing students to become less and less affected by unnecessary stresses and anxieties.
ROMBi comes with engaging puzzle sheets and is available as either a 16 or 36 piece set. Just one puzzle a day will have a significant effect on student’s ability to effectively manage studies, including exams, revision, deadlines, essay structure, timetables, organisation and much more.
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You don’t need to struggle with the pandemic. ROMBi can help you develop ways of navigating university life during the pandemic and beyond. Get started with yours today!