A Year in the Life.. Sheffield Hallam’s Mental Wealth Group!
We caught up with Rachel Staniforth, the group leader of Sheffield Hallam’s Mental Wealth Group, ‘Hallam Head Space’. Here she tells us about various achievements over the past year from campaigning about exam stress to fostering a joined up approach to wellbeing promotion on campus and in the local community.
“Hallam Head Space is affiliated to Mental Wealth UK, a charity committed to promoting positive wellbeing on university campuses. The group was launched in January 2012 and is fully student-led. Head Space have aimed to “Break the Silence” on mental health issues among students and so far, we appear to be succeeding. We have run a variety of events with the aim of providing an outlet for students to talk to others in similar situations, get involved in various activities and ultimately – to tackle stress. We have developed a ‘Survival Guide’ containing advice on: eating well, exercising, budgeting and seeking help and we frequently give away revision materials, including: pens, notebooks and bottled water. Recently we have hosted a petting zoo at both campuses in order to provide students with a break from exam stresses.
Hallam Head Space has also been dedicated to breaking down the barriers between students and the wider community. We started by tackling the barrier between students and university services. Since January 2012, we have run events in conjunction with Student Wellbeing, developed relationships with the Careers and Employment Service, and made contacts within the Development and Society department.