DMU launches multi-faith wellbeing scheme

By James Wynn

De Montfort University launched a new multi-faith initiative last week, which aims to recognise links between faith and students’ wellbeing and mental health.

The OpenFaith scheme was launched by Mayor of Leicester Sir Peter Soulsby and DMU Interim Vice-Chancellor Andy Collop.

Launched as part of the #HealthyDMU initiative, the university said that OpenFaith will “encourage students and staff to access a variety of spiritual facilities including the prayer room, chaplaincy and the Breathing Space.

“OpenFaith encourages students of all faiths and no faith to come together in celebrating diversity and humanitarian values.

“It is open to all regardless of belief and encourages staff and students to be able to explore spirituality, faith, religion and all belief systems in an open and accessible way.”

The launch event included the Mayor receiving a tour of the new facilities.

The Mayor added: “This event represents the very best in Leicester and the very best in DMU

“You not only have a very diverse university but you are in a uniquely diverse city.

“I do not for a moment pretend that everything is perfect, although we do things better than any other city I know.”

The prayer room is located in the lower ground floor of the Portland Building. It is open from 7am-8.30pm on weekdays and 12-8.30pm on weekends.

More specific times and prayer types can be found on the De Montfort University website at www.dmu.ac.uk.

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