On Monday 21st January, the staff and students of the University of Hertfordshire walked across campus in bright yellow as a mark of solidarity and to highlight the issues around wellbeing.
While dressed in bright yellow, staff and students made posters about their experiences so together we can #BreaktheStigma with the free resources provided by Hertfordshire Students Union.
We were extremely pleased with the turn out and we are planning to do another wellbeing march this semester on de Havilland campus (dates to be announced soon!).
We were also joined by the vice chancellor Quintin McKellar, who met students and answered their questions.
Speaking about the Wellbeing Walk, he said: ‘We fully support our Student Union’s efforts today to highlight the importance of wellbeing at University and the networks, activities and events that make up the important support services we provide here at the University of Hertfordshire. We want students to reach out for help and support and not to bottle things up, this includes letting someone know if you are worried about another student. Good mental and physical health and wellbeing are fundamental to a student’s success in Higher Education and beyond and it is vital students have access to a range of professional, specialist support services when needed. We have invested to increase the number of staff in our support teams and all our staff are aware of how and when to refer students to our health and wellbeing services. Our continued priority is to ensure students have access to the right support when they need it.’
We look forward to seeing you all in yellow at the next wellbeing march. Together we can #BreaktheStigma.
Struggling with emotional, mental health, disability or any other health-related issue? Our Student Wellbeing service is always here to support you. Come down to Hutton Hub or contact Wellbeing at firstname.lastname@example.org or (0)1707 284453.