So the Society Sign-Up Fair is over for another Freshers, thank you all who came along, it was fantastic to speak to some lovely new faces and to greet some returning ones. For those who didn’t get a chance to pop along or perhaps still want to know a little bit more about what Keele Student Minds are about and what we will be up to this coming semester, here’s a bit more information so you can get to know us a little better. If you have any questions feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Keele Student Minds are a mental health campaigning group here at Keele University, aiming to raise awareness, challenge the stigma surrounding mental health and provide a safe community for students to socialise and support each other.
So what do we do? It’s quite simple: we’re here to help!
We deliver a variety of mental health campaigns to raise awareness of important issues and to challenge the stigma surrounding mental health.
Our signposting service is one of the most vital services we provide, it’s available to anybody, member or not. We aim to raise awareness of the support services available to Keele students. We recognise it can be difficult to ask for help when things get tough, and it’s hard to know what options are available. Our signposting service tries to offer a helping hand by providing a list of resources that can offer further support, making all your options clear.
We provide a safe space for socialisation, including several non-drinking socials, both on and off campus every year.
Finally we offer great opportunities to volunteer, gaining hours which work towards HEAR recordable volunteering awards. You can earn these hours by getting hands on with our campaigns or getting involved with our publicity, even taking a spin as the lovely Nelly!
But who is Nelly?
Nelly the Elephant is our official mascot. We believe that mental health shouldn’t be the elephant in the room. We want to encourage more people to be able to discuss mental health freely, without feeling uncomfortable and without fearing stigma. Nelly reminds us of these principles and helps us to achieve this. You’ll see her around campus raising awareness and at our events, come along and say hello or volunteer to don the mighty trunk!
Membership and Mailing Lists
There is a wide a variety of things to get involved with in Keele Student Minds and membership is completely free. If you’re interested in becoming a member visit https://keelesu.com/activities/society/mentalwealth/ – you just need to add the membership to basket and checkout (you won’t be charged a penny!)
We have our society mailing list to keep you guys up to date with everything we’re getting up to this year and we also have our volunteering mailing list for those who want to earn some volunteering hours. Volunteering is run on an as and when you are free basis; we will email out about upcoming opportunities over the year, if you’re free for a particular opportunity and want to get involved you just respond to the email and we arrange thing further from there.
If you’re interested in going on either our society mailing list and/or our volunteering mailing list drop us a line to email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy the rest of Freshers week, be sure to keep an eye out for the event happening on World Mental Health Day on October 8th and to pop and along and go all out for our Flirt Pyjama Party fancy dress night at Keele SU on Wednesday October 14th – we’ll be raising money for the national Student Minds charity and Marrow who we’re collaborating with for the evening, we’ll have music kindly provided by KUBE Radio, a photo booth, an amazing blanket fort and even some prizes for the best fancy dress. Not one to miss!