Photo left to right: Kate Augarde, Jenora Vaswani, Megan Stokell, Maria Healy and Christer Stoyell.
By Jacqueline Baker, Head of PR & Marketing
Talking about mental health isn’t easy, but it’s important for everyone to start joining in on the conversation. Even if you don’t struggle with mental health issues it is just as important to talk about them because someone you know is likely to be struggling. It could be your sibling, your best friend, your housemate or the person you sit next to in lecture. There are people all around us coping with some sort of mental illness, and it’s time we all start talking about how we feel.
It’s time to take our hands away from our ears and start listening more and supporting those around us. So, DUCFS is joining in and encouraging the conversation. On Thursday, 2 November DUCFS hosted an interactive Discussion Panel to talk about mental health. We were delighted to welcome the following Panelists to lead the Discussion:
The evening was truly inspirational. We were touched not only by the stories our Panelists shared but also by the engagement from the audience. When a group of students comes together to listen and share it shows us that the more we are open to talking about mental health, the more we can help break down the stigmas and change the dialogues surrounding it. We should not shy away from talking about how we feel and this evening demonstrated how pertinent these discussions really are.
We need to stop treating mental illness as something to be ashamed of and start treating it like any other health concern. As mentioned in our Panel Discussion, we so openly talk about physical illnesses, but our mental wellbeing is just as important. You wouldn’t turn away a treatment that might alleviate a physical injury, would you? We need to learn to treat mental illness in the same way.
Often it’s the little things like taking the time to listen to your friends and family that can make a big difference. You don’t have to be an expert to listen, but supporting the people that need you the most by just opening up that door to listen can really make a change.
Talking about mental health should become the norm, so that when we or anyone around us experience a struggle, we can know we are not alone. Thank you again to our Panelists and to everyone who came to support this event and help us raise awareness for such an important cause.