As a student dealing with mental illness, who has been through both NHS and UAL mental health services, I would like this society to be a safe space for students dealing with mental health issues to network, meet up, and socialise with each other in a non-judgemental environment. There will be a closed Facebook group for the society, and we will host regular, monthly meet ups where we engage in activities based on wellbeing (i.e. craft workshops, therapy animal sessions, yoga, and mental health specific led workshops). I hope to collaborate with other societies to put on these workshops and sessions to give students the best experience possible.
The first event we are planning on running will be a free therapy dog session followed by free pizza for the society! This will take place in the second week of October. We hope to run an event every month, and are looking into doing some yoga sessions, some art therapy workshops, and some craft sessions (make your own zine/patch etc.). In addition, we will be on the lookout for mental health and art related exhibitions and talks for us to attend! We are keen to get students involved, and would love to take over a gallery space at UAL for a Mental Health and Art exhibition put on by members to showcase our art. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for events as we want to put on events that we all will want to take part in!
FAQs (if necessary)
Q- Do I have to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join this society?
A- No, but please be aware that this society is for students with mental health issues, so we want it to be a safe space, free of judgement, and this means sensitive topics may be discussed. Feel free to accompany friends who are having problems!
Q- Will I be expected to talk about my own mental health issues?
A- Only if you feel comfortable doing so! This society is about creating a place where students dealing with mental health problems can speak openly and network with others, but you are under no obligation to disclose anything you don’t feel comfortable with! We understand that not everyone is at the stage where they feel able to talk openly about their problems, and that is 100% okay.
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Annual membership fee of society: £5