Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust is joining forces with the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to raise awareness of mental health and launch HARRI, a new health and wellbeing information vehicle!
It is estimated that 1 in 6 people have experienced a common mental health problem, in the past week. With the added pressure of coursework deadlines, exams and financial stress, it means that students can often become vulnerable to mental health issues. HARRI is a purpose built, information vehicle which is visiting the UCLan campus and will focus mental health, raising awareness, encouraging conversations to help to de-stigmatise the subject. HARRI will be looking at anxiety, depression and stress as key topics and how these common mental health problems can effect students during their time at university.
The visit will provide an opportunity for students to step on board and talk to healthcare professionals, volunteers and people with find out with lived experience about how they can live well and stay well. Including maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and positively engaging with services for support. Also on board will be representatives from the Trust’s Mindsmatter Service, Quit Squad alongside UCLan Wellbeing Advisors, Lancashire Wellbeing Service and A Better Life (ABL).
Sue Moore, Director of Strategic Developments at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“It is highly recognised that there has been an increase in the number of students that are experiencing mental health problems during their time at university. We know the last year alone UCLan provided support to over 5,500 students who were struggling with their mental health and wellbeing.
“We have been working in partnership with UCLan for a number of years now and we are so pleased to be working together again to tackle mental health, by raising awareness, reducing the stigma and encouraging students to take greater ownership of their own wellbeing!”
Nicola Duncan, Head of Student Wellbeing Services at the University of Central Lancashire said:
“We are really pleased to be working with Lancashire Care on reducing the stigma and raising awareness surrounding mental health both for our students and the local community. We would encourage anybody near campus to visit HARRI next Tuesday to find out more about the great services and support available.”
HARRI will be parked up in the UCLan Harrington Car Park, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2HE on Tuesday 12 February 2019. For more information about Lancashire Care and its services visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk and follow us on Twitter @LancashireCare.