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Mental Health Awareness Week

The Mental Health Foundation supports people with Mental Health by devoting a week of recognition to those who suffer by raising awareness for diseases and conditions which affect people’s day-to-day lives, often to the extent that they no longer wish to look forward.

Students are a huge sector of the number of sufferers, as University provokes huge waves of fear, stress, and emotion. The Children’s Society(2008) assert that 70% of young people who experience mental health problems ‘have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age’, and The Mental Health Foundation says ‘mental health and behavioural problems (e.g. depression, anxiety and drug use) are reported to be the primary drivers of disability worldwide, causing over 40 million years of disability in 20 to 29-year-olds’. The effects are massive, so this week really allows the public to express their support for sufferers mostly through means of social media.

Businesses showcase their support by taking part in special mufti-days, for example the mobile shop: ‘Three’ in Reading had staff dressing up in their pyjamas with the manager of the store stating: ‘we understand that some days people don’t want to get out of bed, and we support them in this’.

This week brings makes us want to remind you, our readers, and the whole student body that help is available to those who need it. The Counselling and Wellbeing Service has a system where people are allocated 6 hours a year (normally split into 12 30-minute sessions) and offer help to all. Once registered at the ‘Carrington’ building (first floor through the doors on the left), any aid needed is available for free. Registration times are 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm (weekdays and non-university holidays).

Moreover, there are various hotlines contactable 24 hours a day where the people on the other side of the phone are trained and able to answer any questions or concerns and they can suggest emergency access to healthcare and medical assistance.


  • Samaritans is contactable on 116 123.
  • Campaign Against Living Miserably (for men) is contactable on 0800 58 58 58.
  • Papyrus (Under 35s) is contactable on 0800 068 41 41.
  • NHS medical advice is on 111 (non-urgent), and the Berkshire NHS helpline is contactable on 0300 365 0300 (crisis).
  • University of Reading Security emergency contact number is 0118 378 6300.

We need, ultimately, to be able to view mental health with the same clear-headedness we show when talking about physical health.” – Matt Haig

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