It is no secret that at Abodus Student Living, we believe that our residents’ mental health and wellbeing should be our top priority.
Over the past year, we have been working tirelessly to ensure that we put our beliefs into action by offering as many resources to our students as possible, from collaborating with mental health professionals on writing guest blogs and hosting virtual Q&A sessions, to our newest and most exciting adventure— The launch of our new gold partnership with Student Minds!
Student Minds is the UK’s leading mental health charity for students, working with students, service users, professionals and academics to develop new and innovative ways to improve the mental health of students. The charity empowers students and members of the university community to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.
There are countless reasons why we’re so thrilled to be partnering with Student Minds, but below are a few of our favourites:
- Peer Support– Student Minds’ support groups are a safe, confidential place that allow students to talk and listen without judgement. Support groups available through Student Minds include: Thrive, Positive Minds, Eating Difficulties and Supporting Supporters.
- Student Workshops– Student Minds’ workshops give students the knowledge, confidence and skills to support their peers and teammates experiencing mental health difficulties, whilst making sure they are looking after their own wellbeing, too. These workshops include: Look After Your Mate and Mental Health in Sport.
- Student Voice– Student Minds believes that those with lived experience of mental health difficulties – the ones receiving, seeking or in need of support – are experts by experience, and therefore should be active participants and partners in shaping a whole university approach to mental health and wellbeing at their institution. To support this belief, and the voice of students nationwide, Student Minds offer university students opportunities such as becoming student advisors, writing blogs, volunteering to run support groups, fundraising and getting involved in campaigns such as University Mental Health Day.
Abodus shares Student Minds’ dedication to supporting students through the challenging university years, and we have long admired and been inspired by its wonderful work. Moving forward, our team will be working closely with Student Minds through a programme of training workshops to ensure that our staff develops the key skills needed in supporting our residents’ mental health.
Our hope is that our collaborative efforts with Student Minds will allow us to expand upon the mental health and wellbeing resources that we already offer to our residents, while also ensuring that the student voice influences decisions about student mental health.
We are beyond grateful for this partnership with Student Minds, and we are looking forward to all that is to come for our residents as a result!
*For more information on our official partnership with Student Minds, and for resources on supporting your mental health and wellbeing, visit our wellbeing page.