Published on 04/05/2021
Young people meeting
  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 takes place between 10 and 16 May
  • Aston University is offering week-long programme of free, online events for young people
  • Activities include motivational talks, laughter yoga, sessions on mindfulness and how to handle exam stress.

Aston University is showing its support for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 10 to 16 May with a free programme of activities for young people aged 11 to 18 years old, their parents/carers and teachers.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event hosted by the Mental Health Foundation to promote and raise awareness of the importance of mental health and wellbeing. This year’s theme is ‘Nature’ and its powerful benefits for mental health.

The week-long series of online events offered by Aston University includes a confidence-building talk by motivational speaker Stephen Seki and “How to Grow a Grown Up” by award-winning GP, author and mental health expert Dr Dominique Thompson.

Other activities on offer include sessions on mindfulness and the relationship between nature connectedness and wellbeing, how to handle exam stress and top tips on improving study skills.

Charlotte Coleman, outreach officer at Aston University, said:

“Since we have had to spend so much time apart over the last 12 months or more, it is now more important than ever to support the mental health of young people.

“Teams across Aston University and our students’ union have come together to create a week-long programme of activities for Mental Health Awareness Week aimed at engaging a wide range of young people and showcasing the positive mental health support we provide for our own students.”

All activities on the programme are free. To get involved, register for Mental Health Awareness Week via the booking form on the Aston University website to gain access to the full events programme.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established university led by its three main beneficiaries – students, business and the professions, and our region and society. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students. Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice-Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston University was named University of the Year 2020 by The Guardian and the University’s full time MBA programme has been ranked in the top 100 in the world in the Economist MBA 2021 ranking. The Aston MBA has been ranked 12th in the UK and 85th in the world. The University also has TEF Gold status in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

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