As we mark World Mental Health Day on the 10 October, the theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'. This year, Togetherall is dedicated to starting conversations and creating a safe place to share.
Our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The past months have brought many challenges for students, adapting to taking classes from home, with little contact with teachers and friends, and for people with mental health conditions, many experiencing even greater social isolation than before.
The name Togetherall represents the platform’s community, which is open and inclusive to all people. It provides a place of safety without judgement for people to get together to support each other, whilst also recognising mental health does not discriminate; we all have to look after it.
Check out the video to find out more about how Togetherall can help those struggling with their mental health.
The most important thing you can do for your mental health is to speak to somebody if you are struggling. Being part of #TeamMDX means that there is always somebody here who cares. You can also contact email@example.com if you have any non-urgent wellbeing queries or questions.
Fika, Togetherall and UNIHEADS are all online self-care and mental health resources which are exclusively free for all MDX students.
Fika is designed for daily use with short workouts to keep you mentally fit, togetherall gives you a deeper dive into health and wellbeing with 24/7 moderation by trained professionals, and UNIHEADS is a 20 minute mental health training course with bespoke links to MDX and MDXSU services.
To find out more about your health and wellbeing platforms or to download the apps click here.
There are two ways of requesting support from the Community Mental Health Service:
If you are NOT registered with a GP, you can easily register online at The Uni Doctor.
Please dial 111 to speak to someone over the phone if you need advice on treating non-life threatening medical emergencies and access to GP out of hours services.
For life threatening emergencies please call 999. Your call will be triaged and advice will be given and you may be taken to the nearest hospital.
If you’re worried about your own or another student’s safety, health, wellbeing, or risk of harm (this could include harassment, violence or hate crimes), speak to the Care and Concern team who are here to help. For non-urgent support, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For urgent support, including urgent mental health support, call Security on 0208 411 6200 and ask to speak to a Designated Safeguarding Officer who will come to support you (9am - 5pm Mon - Fri).
The following services are telephone helplines which offer support and help to those who are worried about themselves, a friend or just need to talk to someone.
If you’re in a crisis, text Shout to 85258 (free) from anywhere in the UK for support. Available 24/7.
Phone The Samaritans on 116 123 (free) for support. Available 24/7.
If you do not feel that you can keep yourself safe, speak with your GP or go to A&E.
More crisis and emergency support including CALM (a helpline for men or those who identify as male), and Switchboard (an LGBT+ helpline) available on UniHub.
#TeamMDX is a community where we support each other. Let's remember to be kind, help others and take action to improve mental health for the whole MDX community.