Christmas cards help raise mental health awareness



by Sophie Sandberg

De Montfort University students are being urged to buy Christmas cards to raise the awareness of mental health problems.

DMU’s psychology society is this year selling seasonal greetings cards with the profit  donated to the charity  Mind.

Elizabeth Stokes, 28, chair of the DMU psychology society and volunteering coordination started the university’s first Christmas appeal dedicated to mental illness.

She found out about the organisation as she was searching the Internet for Christmas appeals that the society could support.

Miss Stokes says that mental illness is something that is an important issue to her and the other members of the psychology society: “Psychology is the field we want to go into and it is a passion for many of us students and society members. It affects everyone either directly or indirectly. There has also been a government cut in funding which has cut resources.”

Mind is an organisation with more than 140 offices around the UK that provides people with help and support to understand their mental condition and how to treat it.

Miss Stokes said: “I think it’s a charity close to many people as a lot of people experience stressful situations which can lead on to this, especially to students since a mean average of 36% can develop depression. Therefore, prevention is key.”

If you want to contribute to this cause you can buy your Christmas cards or make a donation on the lower ground floor in the Hawthorn building located on the De Montfort University campus, where you can find representatives from the psychology society.


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