World Mental Health Day 2020

Saturday 10 October

World Mental Health Day 2020

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10 October every year. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'mental health for all'.

Mental health matters

Mental health can also be referred to as ‘emotional health’ or ‘well-being’. If you have good mental health you will find it easier to:

  • Make the most of your potential
  • Cope with life
  • Play a full part in your family, workplace, community and among friends.

Your mental health doesn’t always stay the same. It can change as circumstances change and as you move through different stages of your life.

We all have times when we feel down or stressed or frightened. Whilst some people find these changes manageable and those feelings pass, others find the impact of some changes or events difficult to cope with and feel overwhelmed. This can happen to any one of us.

Many people don’t feel comfortable talking about their feelings but it’s healthy to know and talk about how you are feeling.

Mental health problems are very common – the more we talk about how we are feeling and share our experiences the more we can break down the stigma attached to mental health problems.

On this page you will find examples of people talking about their own mental health, their coping mechanisms and the support available both here at BU and further afield.

Mental Health & Me

Carers' stories

Perhaps you are caring for someone with mental health differences. Hear from people in Dorset talking about their own lived experiences of becoming a mental health carer.

Additional information for students, staff and the BU community

Student wellbeing & support

The Student Wellbeing service is run in partnership with Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust. It's confidential, completely free and open to all BU students who are experiencing stress, anxiety or low mood.

Staff wellbeing & support

Visit the BU staff intranet to find out more about the wellbeing support available to BU staff including access to our 24/7 free and confidential Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Covid-19 wellbeing and support

Information and advice for the BU community including the Being Well with BU podcast series.

BU Research relating to mental health

Research into interacting with horses and good mental health 

Through Dorset-based charity, The Horse Course, Bournemouth University researchers are studying how the use of horses can help promote good mental health and have a positive outcome for those in need.

Find out more about Health & Wellbeing research at BU.

Roger Baker at work

Emotional processing

How we deal with emotional experiences not only impacts the mind, but the body too, according to research carried out by BU’s Professor Roger Baker.

Hands on a pregnant woman's bump

PATHways to improving perinatal mental health

PATH is an EU-funded project which will enable women, families and healthcare professionals to prevent, diagnose, and successfully manage mild to moderate perinatal mental health issues.

External organisations offering support and information

There are various sources of support and information that can be accessed. Our list is not an exhaustive one and you may find it useful to visit other sites such as the NHS or Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole (BCP) Council, who provide information on the support available locally.