Are you passionate about mental health? Do you want to be involved in student activity that helps decrease the stigma of mental health issues?
Then Warwick Mind Aware is the society to join!
Warwick Mind Aware is a society that creates campaigns for mental health issues to help raise awareness and decrease the stigma of mental health illnesses.
Members meet each week to discuss and plan upcoming campaigns and issues for which we want to raise awareness. These meetings are very informal so you can get involved in as much or as little as you like! Our campaigning meetings usually last an hour and involve discussion, research and art/craft.
If you would like to know more, join our Facebook campaigning group to stay informed with any news, updates, campaigns and anything else regarding the society.
Throughout the academic year, Mind Aware hold lots of different campaigns to raise awareness for particular mental health issues. The topic of each campaign is up to our members! Our campaign meetings are 4-5pm on Thursdays this year.
Here are some of Mind Aware's previous campaigns and events:
- Feel Good and Stress Less Event
- Suicide Prevention Session run by Papyrus
- Men's Mental Health Campaign
- Social Anxiety Campaign
- Misconceptions about Unknown Mental Health Disorders
- Talk by Mark Chandler, a Cognitive Behavioural Therapist
- Relaxation and ecotherapy session with the Allotment Society and Tocil Wood Conservation Project
- Talk by Steven Hill, the Assistant CEO at Coventry and Warwickshire Mind
- Mental Health in the Media Campaign
- Alcohol and its Effects on Mental Health Campaign
- A Series of Talks: Psychological Therapy, Psychosis and PTSD in the armed forces
- Discussion Panel on Clean Eating: Pure Plate or Damaging Disorder?
- Making Space Workshop with talks from 'experts-by-experience' in Mental Health
- Lecture Capture and Mental Health Campaign
- Christmas Survival Kit
- Homesickness Campaign
- Meditation with Warwick Buddhist Society
- and much more!!
Mental Health Awareness Week
One of the most important events that Mind Aware is involved with is Mental Health Awareness Week. During this week, which is generally Term 2, Week 7 of the academic year, different societies hold various events to help promote good wellbeing and to raise awareness for mental health issues. Mind Aware often have a range of activities going on each day throughout the week. This year we hope for Mental Health Awareness Week to be bigger and better with even more student involvement!
Aside from campaigning and raising awareness, Mind Aware also hold various socials throughout the year. We are a society that are not focussed on drinking or clubbing and so host a variety of socials so there is something for everyone. We hosted the university's first ever "Sober Circle" in November 2014 for a campaign aimed at reducing peer pressure to drink alcohol during society Circles.
Previously we have been out for a Christmas Dinner at Xananas, Bowling in Leamington, Time to Talk sessions in Terrace Bar, Lazer Quest, Curry Night at Millenium Balti, Board Game socials, and so on...
Our socials for this term include: coffee fridays, meet ups at the Dirty Duck, Board Game night & a festive christmas meal.
Mind Aware Volunteers (formerly Warwick MedMinds) volunteer in secondary schools giving lessons on mental well-being to pupils.
In Term 1, volunteers will need to attend a 2-hour training session to go through the lesson plan. This will include interactive activities and games in order to engage the students, and enable them to talk more freely about mental health.
We will cover the main facts about several mental health disorders, such as anxiety, depression and OCD. This is to help students recognise the symptoms and give them the confidence to seek support whenever necessary. The PowerPoint used will be pre-approved by professionals at Springfield Mind; ensuring that the information and advice we give out is accurate and sound.
In Term 2, groups of volunteers will deliver these lessons at local schools in Coventry and Leamington Spa. Each session is counted individually, so volunteers can sign up to as many or as few slots as they would like. As this is a Warwick Volunteers project, all of the hours spent preparing and delivering the lessons can be logged. Cost of transport to the schools can also be reimbursed by Warwick Volunteers.
DBS checks are not required for this project, but all volunteers must complete an online safeguarding training (lasting 1 hour).
Join our volunteers page to keep up to date with what we do!
Meet the Exec 2017/18
President: Megan Day - 3rd Year Psychology student
What does Mental Health mean to you?: I live for the day that mental health is treated in the same way as physical health: without stigma or fear. With a little hard work we can normalise mental illness so that saying you feel anxious/depressed is just as easy as saying you have a headache. Mental wellbeing is important for students especially! We should come together to help each other and make EVERYONE aware (not just those who have an interest in it)! Don’t be afraid to contact me if you have any questions about Mind Aware. Happy campaigning!?
Fun Fact!: I eat skittles in the same order every time: red, orange, yellow, green and then purple!
Vice President: Vicki Thurlby - 3rd Year Psychology Student
What does Mental Health mean to you?: Mental health is just as important as physical health, and everyone should look after their mental health as well as their physical health. Increasing awareness of mental health issues is vital, especially for students. I want to help to reduce the stigma so that it is more acceptable for people to talk about mental health. Mind Aware runs a huge variety of campaigns and events related to mental health. It has been so rewarding to be involved with such a worthwhile society this year, and I’m looking forward to continuing the fantastic work as Vice President.
Fun Fact!: I’ve never broken a bone.
Treasurer: Lily Zhang - 2nd Year Psychology Student
What does Mental Health mean to you?: For me, mental health is a big part of everyday life. Whether we realise it or not, every action and every thought contributes to our overall wellbeing. I think that it is so important to look after ourselves mentally and be compassionate to ourselves, since too often we are dismissive of any mental health issues we may encounter, often due to the stigma associated with all mental illnesses. I joined Mind Aware because I wish to encourage people (including myself!) to be able to talk more openly about mental health. I believe that the more we talk about it, the quicker we clear up any misconceptions that cloud people's perceptions of mental disorders.
Fun Fact!: I can speak Shanghainese (the dialect spoken in Shanghai) more fluently than Mandarin :P
Secretary: David Brown - 4th Year Master of Mathematics Student
What does Mental Health mean to you?: Mental Health to me means being watchful of and supporting myself and my friends through daily life, even on the bad days, or just the days that are mediocre and it's hard to do anything?.
Fun Fact!: My favourite ice breaker game is 'If you were a biscuit, what kind of biscuit would you be?' - you should try it some time?
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