On-Campus Open Days

Meet our mental health ambassadors!

I wanted to become a Mental Health Ambassador because after struggling with Anorexia and Anxiety, I have realised the importance of reaching out, communicating with others and creating a supportive environment where individuals feel able to share their experiences without fear or judgement. I feel so excited to be part of such a great team of students this year and help raise awareness of mental health through sharing our lived experiences, hosting events and connecting with staff and students.

Especially during this tricky and uncertain time, I really hope through providing resources, hosting events and starting these really important conversations, we can help support one another and prioritise our mental health throughout this academic year.  

Lizzie, 3rd year BSc (Hons) Psychology 

 

 

I wanted to become a Mental health Ambassador as when i started university I was in the worst anxiety state I had experienced due to sever homesickness. I also developed Bulimia during this time. I reached out to the support services at the University and they were more than helpful. They offered to move me into halls on campus (I was off-campus at the time) informed all the academic staff in my area and drove me into university on days I felt unable to get in. The support since has gone above and beyond what I ever expected. Always emailing to check I am ok and if I need anything. I know they will always be there if I need them (calling my employer and the doctors should I need extra support/time off). This is my chance to give back to the University. I would have dropped out due to anxieties but they have made me feel as though it will always be ok. And it has!

I want to raise awareness of the services and self help that students have access to as well as opening up the conversation and reducing the stigma. Mental illnesses can be such a scary time with many physical changes accompanying. You can feel like your alone but you aren't. Being in my final year I want to use this chance to give back and help others.

Beckie, 4th year MSci Advanced Applied Psychology

 

I wanted to become a mental health ambassador to spread awareness around the University of Chichester, specifically men’s mental health. I feel that it is very important that people know that mental health is just as important as physical health. I learnt through my own struggles that reaching out to someone is the first step in helping yourself.

I want to ensure that more people hear about the issues that people are facing each day. In addition, I want people to feel more open to getting help and support with how they are feeling. As a Mental Health Ambassador, I want to achieve and surpass goals that we have set as a group. Resulting in more people learning and thinking more about how to improve or sustain their mental health.

Sam, 1st year BSc (Hons) Psychology

 

 

Being a mental health ambassador is incredibly important to me and a role I take very seriously. During my time at university, I have faced some incredibly difficult and dark times, especially in my first year when my Grandpa passed away and my parents separated. I was grieving heavily and felt very anxious and lonely. I decided to reach out the mental health support team and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Having a place to chat and share how I was feeling helped to lighten my load. I want to give something back and encourage people to reach out for support if they need it.

I hope to raise awareness of mental health conditions and the importance of taking care of your mental health. For a long time, I was in denial of how severe my mental health issues were. I thought finding everyday tasks difficult was something everyone experienced. So, when I was diagnosed with anxiety and depression in my second year, it came as a big shock, but I was relieved to finally have an explanation for how I was feeling. With the help of medication, therapy, and fantastic support at university, I’m able to manage my tougher days more easily.

Always remember, it’s okay not to be okay. Be kind to your mind.

Liv, 3rd year BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy & Ethics