Insight

It's good to Blurt

Over the last 10 years, mental health has become a topic of increasing concern in higher education. Those aged between 16 and 24 are particularly vulnerable to mental health issues and there is a growing demand for counselling services to meet their needs.

As part of our drive to improve the wellbeing of our communities we have teamed up with mental health foundation Blurt. Our first initiative together was at our centre student nights which were visited by over 90,000 young people. We gave Blurt space at nine centres to open up conversations and help remove the stigma of talking about mental health. Through the project they spoke to 430 students, reached 6,630 and recruited 23 volunteers to become ‘Blurters’, as part of their new university-focused, peer-led programme.

The event increased awareness of mental health, and young people reported being able to talk about their emotions and feeling less alone.