Mental Health

Led by your Vice President Sport and Wellbeing Reece, our work on mental health is integral to the ethos of your Students’ Union. We’re here to ensure you are supported and connected during your time at Ulster, and ensuring your mental health and wellbeing is protected and prioritised is important to us.

Mental Health

We know that isolation and loneliness is one of the biggest factors in negatively impacting student mental health.

With this series of events, we will create communities and offer spaces for students to come together. We will also encourage students to find their social groups in societies and sports teams. Want to join in or have an idea for a project to bring students together? Get in touch!

#UBelong here at Ulster University, and we will ensure that the support and opportunities are in place for you to thrive.

In 2020, two former UUSU student officers created the Student Mental Health Action Plan 2020 – 2022. This plan was to tackle poor student mental health at UU, and specifically put this issue at the heart of the NI Assembly. You can read that plan here.

In 2021, UUSU was awarded funding from Department for the Economy (DfE) to create a program to support students mental health and wellbeing as we returned to in-person teaching and campus life. UUSU did this with a series of initiatives and events under the themes of Represent, Support, Connect, and Engage. We recognise the need to respond to the current issues facing students. Therefore, we are releasing a new action plan that will run from 2024 – 2025, to deal with the concerns that students have within the University itself. Our four themes are UUSU, University Services, Academic Enhancement, and Sense of Belonging.

We will represent our members and ensure that their voice is amplified, and we will not shy away from any difficult conversations presented; we will be inclusive and work to improve the experience of all students; we will provide opportunities to help students adapt to, and benefit from university life; and we will be ambitious in our plans to affect important and beneficial change. Read the full plan.

Read the full plan

This November your Students’ Union officers are taking part in challenges to promote wellbeing and self-care, and we’re asking you to get involved!

Join Reece for Coldvember, where he’ll be documenting his cold-water immersion journey everyday this month. Want to get involved with a dip? Get in touch, or keep an eye on our events page for more!

Finola is leading the officer team in Move-ember, where she’ll be doing 10k a day either walking, running, cycling or swimming. Keep up with her progress on her socials, and see our events page for wellbeing walks during November!