Student who would just like some counselling says all mental health problems were cured with AUSA’s Mental Health Awareness Week hashtags


Warel Pilmering | Fri, 22 May 2020


“I’ve suffered from depression since the age of thirteen,” a student who would like to remain anonymous told the Gaudie, “which has been getting worse recently because of the COVID-19 crisis. I’ve gone to a few counselling appointments, but because of the uni’s counselling service’s one-appointment-at-a-time therapy approach I haven’t been able to get much help. Other counselling and mental health services have long waiting lists, and I’ve been asking AUSA for resources to bridge the time in between my university counselling sessions and me seeing a counsellor somewhere else on a regular basis. They finally delivered!”

 

With their Mental Health Awareness Week campaign, AUSA offers a few hashtags with the themes of Random Acts of Kindness, Sleep, Music, Food and Creativity. Another student who has been dealing with various mental health problems commented: “The link to the VSCO photo editing app completely eliminated my PTSD, the vegan chilli recipe cured my anxiety and my depression is all gone ever since I listened to the Relax & Unwind playlist.”

 

While AUSA did already provide many resources for students dealing with mental health problems, such as lists of helplines and websites on their website (https://www.ausa.org.uk/ausaadvice/health/mental/), both students who were interviewed by the Gaudie are happy that AUSA celebrates Mental Health Awareness Week in such a serious way: “The 5 Top Tips for Positive Mental Health were already a good start, including a bangers such as ‘Get some exercise’, ‘Get some sleep’, and ‘Take some ‘me’ time’. But ever since they recommended Wattpad as a resource for positive mental health all my mental health problems have melted away!”

AUSA, which was praised in 2019 for curing many a panic attack with therapy goats, has not yet commented.-----

 

If you've been struggling with any mental health issues, Samaritans (116 123) is available 24/7 to talk. Breathing Space (0800 83 85 87) is open 24 hours a day during weekends, 6pm-6am Fri-Mon and 6pm-2am Mon-Thurs. Call 999 in emergencies. If you have been the target of domestic abuse, call the National Domestic Abuse Hotline (0808 2000 247), available 24/7. If you've been sexually assaulted, Rape Crisis Scotland (08088 01 03 02), available 6am to midnight. For mental health issues affected or to do with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, visit: https://www.studentminds.org.uk/coronavirus.html?utm_source=Student+Minds&utm_campaign=4cee7b5b08-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_12_17_12_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_30936ac40b-4cee7b5b08-334538141

 

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