Movember: Checking up on a friend

This week's blog post was written by your VP Welfare Evangeline:
 
Welcome to Movember! A month that is dedicated to support and raise awareness of Men’s Mental Health. 
 
Mental health is something that we all could suffer from, and it’s high time we put the focus on our men so that we can rise up as a community, united and supportive of one another. 
 
Though the news around us is rather dooming, and things may not seem pleasant, we the SU would like to remind you that we are here for you and will do whatever we can do to better your well-being. Men’s Mental Health isn’t a matter that is only around for a month, it is a continuous battle and that is why we are not dedicating our support for our men for just this month, but we long to provide you with continuous help and support.  
 
There are many ways in which we can help one another, and little things we can do for ourselves to help ourselves. This Friday, I encourage all of you to engage in this random act of kindness: Check up on a friend you haven’t heard from in a while.  
 
This period of lockdown may be one person’s optimal scenario and another person’s worst-case scenario. So, let us step out of our comfort zone, and send that message to your friend and remember that it is okay for them to not reply. They may be struggling and unable to reply but seeing that notification of that caring check-in message could be the thing that puts a smile on their face for that day.  
 
We are in this situation together, and together we will get out of it.  

If you are suffering or know someone who is suffering, please do not stay silent. We long to support you and I am sure your friends are more than happy to help lighten the load that is on your shoulders.  
 
A problem shared, is a problem halved. So let us come together and halve one another’s problems.  
 
For more information or advice, visit our BSU Support pages here: https://www.brightonsu.com/support/
Alternatively, contact the team at: BSUSupport@brighton.ac.uk