Student Health Services arranges mental health themed week


This autumn, the Student Health Services will be arranging the University’s first Mental Health Week. The event will take place between 11 and 15 October in conjunction with the World Health Organization’s annual World Mental Health Day on 10 October.

Mental Health Week is being arranged in order to draw attention to mental health and wellbeing and a number of lectures, workshops and activities will take place during the week. While the Student Health Services will be arranging and coordinating the week’s events, the programme has been prepared in collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, including study counsellors, the Language Workshop, Campus 1477, Innovation Day and Uppsala Health Summit.

“Events will include everything from workshops on dealing with study-related stress, with tips and advice on effective revision and succeeding with your studies, to free training at Campus 1477 throughout the week. We have also invited external speakers to give lectures on subjects such as autism, suicide and perfectionism,” says Karolin Eriksson, health educator with the Student Health Services and one of those who has been working hard over the course of the year to prepare Mental Health Week.

Inform and inspire

The aim of the week is both to inform, inspire and, hopefully, reduce the stigma surrounding mental ill health, and to highlight the efforts of those parts of the University’s organisation that work to promote student health.

It is intended to raise the profile of the Student Health Service and other support functions, including by focusing attention on various topics related to the mental wellbeing of students through lectures, seminars and other events.

“Various reports have suggested that mental illness is on the rise, not least among students, and the pandemic in particular has increased isolation and loneliness. This event is a great way to raise issues of student wellbeing broadly across the University,” says Eva Söderman, head of unit at Uppsala University’s Student Health Services.

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Last modified: 2021-05-31