Chester Students’ Union recognises that mental health is as important as physical health and that effective mental health promotion involves not only attending to the needs of those with mental health difficulties, but also promoting the general mental well-being of all of our students.
This year we launched our societies and sports mental health accreditation scheme. This idea was born after committee feedback from last year. We know that sports clubs and societies provide amazing support to our students, and wanted to give them the tools to run their own mental health campaigns.
The criteria was designed below and sports and societies could work toward the accreditation.
- Each sport or society must complete at least 4 of the following criteria.
- The sports club or societies’ member should attend Mental Health Awareness training run by Wellbeing Team at the University*
- The sports club or society should post on their societies’ social media about their commitment to breaking the mental health stigma, and encourage an open culture about mental health in their club or society adding the logo.
- The sports club or society should run a non-alcohol focused social, such as a coffee afternoon, allowing members who may not be able to drink to socialise. Other event could include trip to cinema, bowling or visiting local Chester attractions.
- The sports club or society should either engage with a mental health campaign run by The Students’ Union, or run their own. This could include supporting Mental Health Week, or running campaigns within their club to show ‘It’s OK not to be OK’
- Fundraise at least £50 for a mental health charity of your choice.
*This is a compulsory criteria
Yoga and Law were successful in submitting evidence and were awarded the CSU Mental Health Accreditation.
Law promoted the #DontJudge campaign on our social media which signposted students to the support available in and out of University. The society also raised £1,000 for charity with the majority going to ‘Rethink’ mental health charity.
Yoga have run a couple of non-alcohol focused socials: a visit to Hanky Panky Pancakes on the 7th of October and Halloween pumpkin carving on the 25th of October. The society also took part in 'time to talk day' on the 6th of February.
CSU are proud to see Law and Yoga involved in the Mental Health Accreditation Scheme and look forward to see more sports and societies getting involved.