Student accommodation provider – Student Roost – is hosting a workshop on mental health, wellbeing and university accommodation at today’s (15 June 2022) Student Mental Health Summit 2022.
‘Can Anyone Hear Me?’ – an initiative which aims to raise awareness of the mental health worries faced by children and young adults – is presenting the event in association with The Lucy Rayner Foundation, a charity founded by the Rayner family after they lost their daughter Lucy to suicide at age 22. The charity aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of depression and poor mental health within young adults, provide education and support to families, and change the societal stigma surrounding mental health.
The day-long event will include talks from experts, first-hand experiences from university students – as well as discussions about combating exam stress, how to handle being away from home and financial concerns.
As one of the partners of the event along with NUS, Student Roost’s Resident Wellbeing Lead host a discussion about the importance of considering wellbeing and mental health when making decisions about university, including accommodation. Student Roost are also inviting all 20,000 of its residents to attend the free online event.
“We’re looking forward to taking part in the continuing discussion about mental health and wellbeing, especially within the student population. Although mental health has been at the forefront of change and discussion recently, there is still a lot of work to do to remove the stigma which surrounds it.
“While going to university and moving out can be exciting, for many students it creates worry, stress and anxiety. It can be difficult for some to process how they’re feeling when they’re living away from home for the first time and don’t know where to turn to for help.
“We hope this full-day discussion will help university students understand that it’s okay to not be okay, and that there are a number of organisations and individuals available to help.”Lowri Edwards, Resident Wellbeing Lead, Student Roost
Student Roost is one of the UK’s largest student accommodation providers who will be opening five new properties in time for the 2022/23 academic year – located in Nottingham, York, Coventry and new cities Brighton and Bristol. From September 2022, almost 23,000 residents will live in one of 56 Student Roost properties across the UK.
The company has made a firm commitment to student mental health, with a fulltime national Resident Wellbeing Lead, and local team members available 24/7 in every Student Roost property. All customer-facing team members have mandatory resident wellbeing training, and 42 Student Roost team members across the UK have so far completed the nationally-recognised Mental Health First Aider programme.