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Mental Health

DSU Welfare Committee is made up of DSU officers and all of your college welfare officers. Do check out what your own college welfare officers are running in your particular college. They have all had some great training with the NHS Mental Health Improvement Team. Yet, one thing which we as a committee have decided is that we want to fully endorse the “time to change campaign” which challenges the stigma surrounding Mental Health Problems.

At the Freshers’ Fair this year we had some helpers from the time to change campaign who were giving out a few freebies and who conducted a survey with nearly 300 of us students. You may be interested to know that 56% of us believe that if you are open about mental health problems you will be treated differently, this I think speaks something about the reality of the problems of stigma.

Check out the video and find additional information at www.time-to-change.org.uk.

Some of you may be interested in the New Mental Wealth Society which is coming to DSU. This group will be linked into The Mental Wealth Project which is a nationwide network of student-led initatives in universities across the UK. Durham's first Mental Wealth group will act as an informal social space for anyone interested in mental health issues, and will take action on mental health issues by stimulating discussion, hosting stalls, talks, competitions, film screenings, awareness campaigns, advocacy and fundraising events for mental health charities. If you want to get involved, come along to the first meeting at 7pm on Thursday 4th November in Palace Green room PG20, or email [email protected] for more information.

There are so many things we can all do to help improve our mental health – we all have mental health, it’s a continuum you know! Don’t underestimate the benefits of healthy eating, exercise and the importance of looking after ourselves. However, if you feel that your difficulties are hard to manage and/or are affecting your studies, please do directly contact the Counselling Service;



Durham Campus

0191 33 42200

[email protected]


Queen's Campus

0191 33 40039

[email protected]


or for further info check out their website at


All the best,

Jake Wanstall (Durham Students' Union Education and Welfare Officer)


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