The Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education held its first edition of the “USJ Mental Health Day"
The Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education held two free online interactive activities as part of the first edition of the “USJ Mental Health Day”, held on October 11. The second edition of the event will return in October 2022.
The World Mental Health Day, observed annually on October 10, mobilises efforts to support well-being and mental health around the world, working towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, namely SDG 3 “To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being at all ages”.
This year’s theme, set out by the World Health Organisation, was “Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality”. So, with the aim of promoting the well-being of USJ students, staff, and the wider community, the Department of Psychology of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education, hosted two free online interactive activities, open to the general public, on October 11, 2021, as part of the first edition of the “USJ Mental Health Day“.
- “Basic Helping Skills” by the USJ Counselling Centre’s Ms. Helen Lao, supported by the Office for Student and Alumni Affairs, discussed basic skills and strategies on how we can help ourselves, so we can help others.
- “Resilience and Environmental Psychology” by Prof. Jennifer Bovard, Visiting Academic, introduced the concept of resilience in relation to the field of environmental or eco-psychology, before exploring the relationship between individuals and the natural world, whilst demonstrating a live small experiment with the aid of a virtual reality headset.
The event counted with the participation of over 60 USJ students, staff, strategic partners, and members of the general public; thank you to the speakers and all those who attended!
The University of Saint Joseph looks forward to continuing to join global forces in the promotion of mental health awareness in the next “USJ Mental Health Day” in October 2022.