As students dealing with mental illness (who have been through both NHS and UAL mental health services) this society was created as a way to reach out and help others. You aren't alone, and if you need a safe space to be your awesome self - mental health issues and all - that is what we're here for. You don't need a diagnosed mental health condition to join, but please be mindful that we are here for students dealing with sensitive personal issues. Sensitivity and openness to listening without judgement is crucial. Over the past year, we have built connections with multiple mental health charities for additional support. We can signpost you to these organisations and to further support from the university, if you require it.
We also have a private Facebook group that only Mentally Chill members can access. This is a great place for networking, sharing inspirational quotes/pictures/memes, and to chat amongst ourselves.
Our hard work was recognised at the Students' Union Society Awards 2018 - we were nominated for multiple awards and we won the award for Best New Society.
We were super proud to be nominated and even prouder to win. We are committed to hosting bigger and better events, in addition to our low-key popular events.
We are planning a whole host of events this academic year including talks, workshops, film screenings, yoga sessions, and fortnightly coffee and catch ups for members who prefer calmer events, where likeminded people meet for a chat.
Do I have to have a diagnosed mental health issue to join?
Not at all, but please be aware that this society is for students with mental health issues. It is a safe space, free of judgement, meaning that sensitive topics may be discussed. Feel free to accompany friends who are having problems.
Will I be expected to talk about my own mental health issues?
Only if you feel comfortable doing so! This society is about creating a place where students that are dealing with mental health problems can speak openly and network with others. You are under no obligation to disclose anything you don’t feel comfortable with. We completely understand that not everyone is at the stage where they feel able to talk openly about their problems, and that is 100% okay.