People with mental health problems often feel isolated and can be cruelly misunderstood by their colleagues and friends.
To combat this the University of Leicester is taking advantage of World Mental Health Day to make students and staff aware of the real issues concerning mental health, in a series of eye-catching displays across the campus.
World Mental Health Day, which is celebrated all over the world on 10 October, aims to increase understanding of mental health issues and to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people with mental health problems. The two key themes for 1999 are Positive Images, Positive Steps and Challenging Stigma.
The Student Psychological Health Project will be working with the Welfare Service and Students' Union to raise awareness of mental health issues amongst both staff and students at the University. Materials will be displayed in the Library, Students' Union, Charles Wilson Building, and Halls of Residence. The posters will illustrate some of the positive steps that everyone can take to look after their mental health and challenge peoples' attitudes towards depression and schizophrenia.
The displays will also outline sources of help and support for students within the University and the community, from the practical needs of careers advice, healthcare and learning support to the more sensitive areas of counselling and welfare services.
Carol Whitehouse, of the Educational Development and Support Centre at the University of Leicester, said: "This campaign will challenge attitudes to mental health problems across the university and encourage us to take positive steps towards the mental well-being of ourselves and others."
Note for editors: Further information is available from Carol Whitehouse, Educational Development and Support Centre, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 5230.
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