LSST Birmingham Marks World Mental Health Day with camaraderie, creativity, craft and compassion

Kunal Chan Mehta

By Kunal Chan Mehta | Article Date: 2 November 2023

Photo: LSST Birmingham

World Mental Health Day is a global event that aims to raise additional awareness about mental health conditions.  It is about the importance of mental health in our lives and how this drives a positive change for everyone. LSST Birmingham hosted a week-long series of events for its students and staff with camaraderie, creativity, craft and compassion to mark this occasion.

LSST students and staff get creative and co-create artwork. Photo: LSST Birmingham

‘LSST Birmingham marked World Mental Health Day by expertly expanding it to a much deserved World Mental Health Week which offered a successful series of engaging events and insightful discussions,’ said Mr Ali Jafar Zaidi, LSST’s Deputy CEO, hailing the event as a major success.

One of the stand out posters for the event. Image: LSST Birmingham

Isha Al-Harbi, a Lecturer and Module Lead for Health & Wellbeing in Society at LSST Birmingham, organised the event and ensured that the week’s jam-packed sessions were aimed at enhancing mental health and fostering a supportive campus-community environment. The schedule included art sessions, open conversations, poetry and talking therapies.

A collection of artwork produced over Mental Health Awareness Week. Photo: LSST Birmingham

Mr Mohsin Riaz, the Dean of LSST Birmingham, expressed his support, remarking: ‘The World Mental Health Week at LSST Birmingham was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness and tackle stigmas by talking about them. Our excellent staff organised outstanding art classes, focused talking therapy sessions, and general advice on mental health and wellbeing – all while reminding us about the significance of mental health for students and staff.’

LSST Birmingham Students learn the benefits of mindfulness colouring. Photo: LSST Birmingham

Isha added: ‘It was such a joy to see our students and staff sit side by side to collectively partake in learning how to care for themselves, sharing smiles and laughter as they brought out their inner child to co-create and have fun.’

Bookmarks with inspirational quotes created by Dr Hafsa Abbas, Lecturer in Health & Social Science at LSST Birmingham. Photo: LSST Birmingham

LSST Birmingham reflects on an important week that fostered a supportive, inclusive, and mentally healthy environment for everyone. The event provided a safe space for both students and staff to share their experiences and express themselves. It emphasised the acquisition of new skills and the integration of these practices into their daily lives.

LSST is proud to have regularly highlighted the undeniable importance of mental health, with the soaring cost of living and the aftermath of the Covid lockdowns continuing to impact millions of students’ well-being across the UK.

If you require immediate Mental Health & Wellbeing Support please contact NHS on 111.

📞 Samaritans are available 24/7 for free on 116 123.

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