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Supporting student mental heath with blurt

Hayley Dann head of partnerships at blurt, explains how intu are teaming up with them to destigmatise and raise awareness of mental health issues

Blurt is a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression from the perspective of those who’ve actually experienced it. Hayley Dann, Head of Partnerships at Blurt explains how intu and Blurt are teaming up to raise awareness of good mental health and destigmatise mental health issues.

At Blurt, we look for partners who share our vision and commitment to improving awareness and education around depression and we’re excited to be joining forces with intu to provide access to help, specialist training and to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Blurt is dedicated to helping anyone affected by depression.  In the UK, 1 in 5 people experience depression and anxiety – with an 18% increase from 2005 and 2015.  And sadly, we’re seeing a frightening increase in rates of mental ill health in young people.  75% of young people are not getting the support that they need which has a detrimental effect on their health, both in the short and long term if left unaddressed.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. We raise awareness , provide tools and knowledge to help proactive recovery and challenge the stigma that prevents people reaching out for help"

To kick off our partnership we’re joining intu as part of their national Student Night campaign which will reach over 90,000 students across the nine participating intu centres including thousands of young students.

Being a young person today is a lot harder than it was say 30 years ago.  Young people can face challenges including exam stress, family breakdowns, bereavement, bullying and more serious issues such as domestic violence and abuse, not to mention the added effects of living in an “always on” world thanks to social media.

This year’s Student Night provides an opportunity for young people to talk about the increasingly important topic of mental health and wellbeing. We’ll be there to raise awareness, hand out literature, and signpost people to our free online resources. We’ll also be running a competition to win free BuddyBoxes (monthly boxes filled with kindness!) and copies of our Self Care Project book.  We’ll also be starting our search for University Peer Leaders as   part of our Blurt Peer Project – which seeks out people who are passionate about improving the mental health of young people.

Following Student Night, we’ll continue to work closely with intu on various initiatives such as delivering mental health and wellbeing training designed specifically for intu, and to further support their aim of creating welcoming spaces for all, which includes proactively trying to improve the mental health and wellbeing of its customers and employees. We look forward to more great things to come through this partnership. 

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