SAFE BODY SAFE MIND

Safebody, safemind is a project focusing on students being physically safe and mentally safe. It aims at informing and creating awareness about how to make themselves safer mentally and physically.

Being safe and feeling safe are not the same. We rarely discuss or respond with ‘I’m feeling safe’ to any question we may get asked, however most of us do feel safe on a regular basis, free from harm or being hurt. We just don’t really think about it or acknowledge it until we may be in a situation in which we do not any longer.

We all have mental health. It is quite easy to see when your physical health changes, but it is more difficult to see when once mental health changes. It is also often overlooked- Both by ourselves and others around us. Emotional health is about the way we think and feel and how we handle difficult things we go through in life.

The aim:

We want to open up the conversations about mental health and try to minimise the stigma that follows the topic and improve the help we can give as a Union.

We aim to help the students of University of Brighton to identify and inform you about coping mechanisms that can help you stay emotionally healthy. This can then hopefully help and reduce the number of students with depression, doing self-harm and suicide attempts.

We wish that any student from any of our five campuses, in any meeting, at any gathering or in any of the Students’ Union spaces, should be able to feel safe.

How:

- We need to create a mentally healthy community that help support recovery and social, inclusion and reduces discrimination.

- By giving students information and guidance.

- By finding what causes mental health illnesses.

- By challenging stigma surrounding mental health illnesses.

- By creating more focus on certain groups in need of safety – Women, LGBT, BME.

- To challenge the stigma surround males and emotions and to challenge any stigma around men opening up about their feelings.

Definitions:

Mental health is the state of an individual’s psychological and emotional well-being.
Physical health refers to a person’s actual physical health. There is often a link between physical and mental health. Poor physical health can often lead to increased risk of mental health problems as well as mental health can negatively impact on physical health.
Safe body refers to but do not necessarily limits to the safe protection of any individual on campus including students, staff and guests from the physical harm of and on others.
Safe mind refers to and includes any verbal communication on campus and the immediate area on site.
Stigma is a mark of disgrace, which sets a person apart. When people are being labelled by their illness they can quite often feel like they are seen as a part of a stereotyped group. Negative attitudes can then lead to prejudice which leads to negative actions and discrimination.
Shame, blame, hopelessness, distress, misrepresentation online and offline, reluctance to seek or accept help.

Notes:

Women any LGBT+ students and any BME students on any of our University of Brighton campuses should be able to feel safe, physically and mentally when on site, in any meeting, for any gathering or in the spaces of the Students’ Union whilst studying or working at University of Brighton.

To engage more men to open up about their feelings has been a challenge for amny years, and probably will be for many years to come. We urge males to start opening up about their feelings, sharing their challenges via online blogs such as http://creativefitnessllc.com/mind-journal-offers-a-safe-place-for-men-to-let-their-emotions-run-free/