Learn how to “Look After Your Mate”

Have you noticed that a friend on your course doesn’t seem quite themselves? Or a neighbour in your halls of residence seems to have retreated into their room since the start of the new semester? University life throws up many challenges which leave some students feeling down or anxious. Support of friends can play a key role in helping someone deal with the difficulties that they’re facing but it can be hard to know what to say and when to say it. This is where the “Look After Your Mate” programme developed by Students Minds can help.

Look After Your Mate is a 2-3 hour interactive workshop for students who may be supporting a friend experiencing mental health difficulties or would like to know more about mental health and wellbeing. The workshop covers:

Spotting the signs that your friend or peer may be struggling with their mental health

Starting a conversation with that individual about their wellbeing

Listening skills

Looking after your own wellbeing whilst supporting others

Signposting and information on what professional and further support is available

The workshop is delivered through trainer presentation, group discussion and individual and group activities. It is a confidential space and you will not be expected to share anything personal. The workshop is not a therapeutic space, however if during or after the workshop you feel the need for further or support or guidance, the trainers can signpost you to relevant sources of support. Drinks and biscuits will be available during the workshops.

Wolves Students’ Union will be running several Look After Your Mate workshops this semester. These will be run by our volunteering and training coordinator, Bee, and Well@Wolves coordinator, Heather. To find dates and times of training courses, go to https://www.wolvesunion.org/opportunities/training/

There’s no need to book – just turn up on the day!


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