Encouraging students to feel better about their mental health

University students in Leeds are being encouraged to think about their mental health as part of a student wellbeing campaign run by NHS Leeds CCG.

On Thursday 30 January the “Feel Better” campaign team will host a stress management workshop at Leeds University Union. The team will be joined by Kimberley Robinson, a mental health activist, social entrepreneur and founder of ‘Keep Real’ – a Yorkshire based social enterprise devoted to promoting better mental health amongst young people.

The stress management workshop marks the end of the second phase of the campaign that began last November. Phase one encouraged students to use their local pharmacy for help and advice on common health problems such as coughs, colds, aches and pains, sore throats, fever and sexual health advice. Resources included:

  • The Little Book of Feel Better – a handy little booklet which has information on how your local pharmacy can help you, as well as information about other health services like mental health, alcohol / drugs service and how to register with a GP / dentist
  • Feel Better Pharmacies Map – to help find a pharmacy that’s close to you
  • Feel Better website – this has everything from finding your local pharmacy to playlists which make you feel better
  • Feel Better Leeds Facebook page – from fashion blogs to health information you won’t be short of finding useful information on this page

The second phase of the campaign has focused on mental health and wellbeing. The campaign team have visited Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Trinity University, Leeds Arts University, Leeds College of Music and Leeds University. At each visit they looked to help students beat the January blues by giving out information packs detailing resources available should they find themselves struggling with the rigours of student life and life in general.

Kashif Ahmed, Head of Mental Health Commissioning at NHS Leeds CCG said, “Feel Better has become one of our most enduring campaigns and has always been a great way to ensure students in the city are well informed about the options available to them when looking after their physical and mental health.”

“We know January is a particularly stressful time for students, with the prospect of exams and the emotional lull you usually experience following New Year, so it’s important that we provide them with information that will help them navigate what can be very difficult period.”

To find out more about the campaign or to download the resource packs, please visit https://www.leedsccg.nhs.uk/health/campaigns/student-health/.

  • The stress management workshop takes place at Leeds University Union from 6.30pm-7.30pm. To book a free place at the workshop visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feel-better-stress-management-workshop-tickets-88508365905.
  • The Feel Better campaign has been developed with the three universities and their unions in Leeds; University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Trinity University. The campaign has been delivered in partnership with Community Pharmacy West Yorkshire.