University Marks World Mental Health Day and National Poetry Day Together

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The University of Worcester marked World Mental Health Day with a special exhibition to help raise awareness of mental health issues.

University Registrar John Ryan welcomed artists, students, organisers and dignitaries on behalf of the University.

This year the University combined World Mental Health Day with National Poetry Day on the theme of ‘home’, recognising the fact many students will be living away from home for the first time.

There was an exhibition of original artwork created by artists from Shrub Hill Workshop and readings by student nurses, drama students and poet and University staff member Jenny Hope.

The University’s Mental Health Adviser and members of the Counselling Team provided information for students and staff and there was a larWorld Mental Health Dayge selection of information leaflets, and other promotional materials including blue ribbons to wear to show support.

There was also a poetry wall in main reception, where both students and staff could write their own thoughts and comments.

University of Worcester Mental Health Advisor Dot Tippin, said the day was an extremely important date in the calendar.

“One in four people will experience mental distress during their lifetime, so this day can really help to focus and raise awareness of mental health issues,” she said. “Many people may have an emotional disorder such as anxiety or depression and may not even realise it. This event is all about raising awareness and informing and encouraging the public to come forward and find support should they need it.”

World Mental Health Day was first observed as a national event in 1992 with the aim of promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public on relevant issues.