Wednesday, 1 June 2022

Volunteers’ Week 2022

Volunteers' Week is taking place from Wednesday 1st June to Tuesday 7th June. The Editorial Team have taken the opportunity to share their thoughts on what volunteering means to them.

- Student Minds Blog Editorial Team

Volunteers' Week is a celebration of the contribution millions of people make through volunteering. Volunteering has been a great way for us to give back to the community and support others. Join us to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make and say thank you.

What are the Editorial Team's thoughts on volunteering?

I have volunteered for the Student Minds blog for two years and I also volunteer for the charity Coppafeel. I find volunteering a great way to gain experience whilst also doing something that makes me feel fulfilled. Volunteering for the Student Minds Blog also helped me when I was struggling with my mental health as I was able to recognise my own story in the blogs that I helped to edit, and this helped me to share my own story with my friends and family and reach out for help.
- Natalie (Student)

Volunteering is extremely rewarding and details your passion for a cause as you are willing to give up your time for free. I volunteered for Student Minds as their message means a lot to me and I wanted to provide in any way I could. Volunteering aided in my personal development, as I gained experience working as part of a fantastic organisation doing something that I care about deeply, helping people. 
- Luke (Student)

Volunteering can be really rewarding as it gives you an opportunity to meet others who are passionate about the same thing as you. I decided to volunteer with Student Minds as I believe sharing mental health experiences is incredibly powerful, and in doing so have met others who have the same beliefs. Another thing I love about volunteering is that it supports my personal development - I can gain experience and increase my confidence levels while supporting a cause I believe in.
- Sarah (Student)

I chose to volunteer because I wanted to contribute my time and skills to be a part of a bigger cause. It’s allowed me to develop my interpersonal skills as well as helped me to connect with people I would have never met.
- Shamira (Graduate)

Volunteering, supporting the community and helping other people are one of the most rewarding things I've been a part of. There's a real sense of pride and joy in watching other people find support, feel accepted and learn they're not alone through the Student Minds Blog.
- Taylor (Student)

When I’ve volunteered in the past, it is typically because I have spare time on my hands or I want to add value to my life. Volunteering with Student Minds and with other charities and events has always been a resoundingly positive experience. It allows you to contribute something to society, meet new people and have different experiences. Volunteering has also opened doors for me in my life and my career. I recommend volunteering as a way of exploring areas of interest or to be part of a cause which matters to you. No matter how much time you have to spare, it is always appreciated. 
- Rosanna (Graduate)

I volunteer because it gives me a sense of purpose and because I am passionate about helping people. The benefits of volunteering, for me, personally, have been numerous from meeting and networking with so many fascinating people to increased self-confidence. I would absolutely recommend volunteering to everyone!
- Emily (Graduate)

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Find out more ways to get involved with Student Minds and volunteer today.

Written by the Student Minds Editorial Team. Find out more about them here.

Monday, 9 May 2022

Mental Health Awareness Week 2022

Monday 9 May to Sunday 15 May marks Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is 'loneliness'. The Editorial Team have come together to share their thoughts and experiences on feelings of loneliness as a student.

- Student Minds Blog Editorial Team

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place each year from the 9th to the 15th of May and this year the Mental Health Foundation has set the theme of 'loneliness'. As university students and graduates (especially during the lockdowns), the Editorial Team can relate to feelings of loneliness and we've come together to share our own experiences and how we deal with loveliness.

Natalie (Student)
When moving to university, it is easy to feel lonely as you move away from your friends and family and start a new life in a new city. Living independently can cause some to isolate themselves, but it is important to remember that you’re not alone. It is very normal as a student to feel lonely sometimes, and what I like to do in this situation is to reach out to friends and family and to remember that support is always there for you.

Luke (Student)
There is nothing worse than feeling completely isolated and alone, and you can feel your thoughts spiralling and you begin to catastrophise everything. I have found getting out and going on walks along the seaside or in nature refocuses my perspective on life. 

Martina (Graduate)
During my last year at University, I was living in a studio flat alone. Without my family in the country and friends moving back home during the lockdown, I felt extremely isolated. Knowing this situation my closest friend organised to sync Netflix and watch our favourite series together or we would meet for a walk every Saturday. We could catch up regularly giving me something to look forward to and helping reduce loneliness.

Riley (Student)
Have you ever felt empty and lonely after a party with your mates or a busy exam period? We may not realise how we’re feeling when we are busy or with somebody because we are used to relying on the people around us and our busy life. You may be lonely but you do not notice. Let’s just pause and give some time for ourselves!

Sarah (Student)
Feeding on nostalgia is my go-to when I’m feeling lonely. I think we all have a ‘comfort show’ or two that never fail to make us feel better. Whether that’s laughing at a cheesy rom-com (I love to hate them) or curling up watching a Ghibli film, escaping into another world for a while can be a welcome distraction.

Preksha (Student)
Firstly, it’s very important to know the distinction between feeling lonely and being alone. You could be surrounded by a room full of people and still feel lonely, and you could be alone in your room but not feel lonely. Nevertheless, I would strongly suggest that you should make an hour a day at the least to just step out of your dorm room. Whether it’s to exercise or run errands like grocery shopping or meeting some friends. Don’t make the mistake of isolating yourself in your room every day because eventually, you will start to feel quite lonely. 

Rosanna (Graduate)
Social media can make loneliness feel so much worse because it looks like everyone has an amazing, social life with loads of friends, but remember that it's not real life and not many people need constant social interaction anyway! Your best friends are probably right under your nose. Don’t feel embarrassed for needing to reach out to them. Loneliness is increasingly common and it isn’t a reflection on you as a person.

Share how you're getting involved with Mental Health Awareness Week on our Facebook group.

Find out more about what you can do to improve your wellbeing on Student Space.

Written by the Student Minds Editorial Team. Find out more about them here.