I’ve recently come across an organisation called Mental Wealth UK who are doing some great work up and down the country. Launched by the Student Mental Wealth Committee; a group of student mental health and wellbeing ambassadors they, in their own words:
“provides inspiration and support to a growing community of young leaders and student-led initiatives; each of whom are working to open minds, create understanding, and connect people with the resources they need to thrive”.
They work with students but also university and college staff and encourage people to set up their own “mental wealth” groups which i think is a fantastic idea! They started small and now have groups across the country, a whole network of young people talking about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
It is a very important project especially given how many young people experience mental health problems either for the first time or ongoing during university and i think that anything that can be done to open up discussions around mental health and provide support is an excellent step in the right direction.
You can find their website here: http://www.mentalwealthuk.com/
And they’re also on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mentalwealth?ref=ts
And Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/smwproject
First published 16th April 2011: