Published: 12 October 2005 at 14:15
As students from across the East Anglia region start a new semester at university, those at Anglia Ruskin University (formerly APU) have been given handy tips on how to help ease their transition from home life to life at university.
Activities for students and staff - devised for the University's Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses on World Mental Health Day (10 October) - gave students and staff information that can promote their positive mental health and well-being. Amongst other activities, the cross-campus event featured demonstrations from individuals trained in massage techniques and stress relieving therapies, and included sessions on meditation presented by the University's Chaplains.
Anglia Ruskin's Project Development Officer for Cambridge Helen O'Sullivan explains the message behind the event:
The objective of the Aim Higher/Mind the Gap project, run from the University Centre for Teaching and Learning, is to work with teaching and learning support staff to best meet the learning needs of students experiencing mental health issues while at Anglia Ruskin University. Along with other initiatives, this project is aimed to help improve student retention and achievement rates.
According to the Mental Health Foundation, anti-depressant prescriptions have almost trebled in the past twelve years, and rates of anxiety and depression have been on the rise among teenagers for 25 years.