What is Mind Your Head?
Mind Your Head is a volunteer-led mental health campaign that aims to promote knowledge and understanding of mental health difficulties and to ensure that every student is able to easily find information; and help shape and access the support that is needed for managing their mental health state.
We want all students at the University of York (UoY), at the very least, to have access to information. If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health difficulties, you need to know who you can turn to for help.
We also want to help reduce the stigma that still surrounds mental health difficulties and mental illness. Did you know that many students, especially PhD students, are reluctant to admit to their supervisor and colleagues that they are suffering from mental health difficulties because they are afraid that people will take them less seriously in their work? We want to get the entire community involved, from students to academic staff, to talk about mental health problems and share their experiences and research.
Finally, we want to reach out into the community and have UoY students share their experiences of and meet people with mental health difficulties. That’s why we have set up the Volunteering Scheme and the Community Scheme.
How Does it Work?
Mind Your Head is a volunteer-led campaign which means that it is entirely run at a professional level by volunteers which range from undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. It is financially supported by the Graduate Students’ Association at the UoY. Our fondest hope is that Mind Your Head will eventually be registered as its own charity
If you would like to get involved with volunteering for the campaign check out our Get Involved page.
Founded in 2015, Mind Your Head York are proud of how much the campaign has grown and impacted student well-being at York so far. Our notable achievements include:
- Launching a comprehensive website that is continually developed and updated
- Being awarded a Higher York Volunteering Award for dedication to student volunteering
- Hosting the greatly successful Mental Illness Awareness Week
- Hosting many events throughout the year, including sessions to reduce Exam Stress
- Producing and reflecting on an annual Mental Health Survey conducted on students at York
- Producing a full, comprehensive report analysing the responses to the 2016 Mental Health Survey, including recommendations to improve services at the University of York