World Mental Health Day

‌‌‌World Mental Health Day is an annual campaign by the World Health Organisation on the 10th of October. This year's theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is 'Mental Health in an Unequal World'.

Our Mental Health and Wellbeing can be impacted by a number of experiences and factors. It is interlinked with inequalities in our society, meaning the mental health and wellbeing of different communities which experience inequalities will be impacted disproportionally (Centre for Mental Health, 2020).

This inequality needs to be addressed because it should not be allowed to continue. We all have a role to play to address these disparities". - The Mental Health Federation, 2021

What does research highlight about inequalities in mental health?

Research has highlighted that:

  • "Individuals who are exposed to racism may have a higher likelihood of experiencing mental health problems such as psychosis and depression." (The Mental Health Foundation, 2021)
  • "People who identify as LGBT+ have higher rates of common mental health problems and lower mental wellbeing than hereosexual people (Semiyen et al, 2016)" The Centre for Mental Health's Mental Health Inequalities Factsheet 
  • "Children from the poorest 20% of households are four times as likely to have serious mental health difficulties by the age of 11 than those from the weathliest 20% (Morrison Gutman et al, 2015)" The Centre for Mental Health's Mental Health Inequalities Factsheet 
  • "70% of adults with autism have at least one mental health condition (Lever and Guerts, 2016)" The Centre for Mental Health's Mental Health Inequalities Factsheet
  • The Student Carer Experience in Scotland report (Carers Trust Scotland, 2020) reported that  84% of the 136 student carers surveyed found keeping good mental health while studying, to be a challenge. Student carers are four times more likely to drop out of college or university than students who are not carers (Sempik, J and Becker, S, 2014) - Young Adult Carers at College and University (Carers Trust) 

Inequalities are also prevalant in access to support services. "Access to mental health services remains unequal, with between 75% to 95% of people with mental disorders in low- and middle-income countries unable to access mental health services at all. Meanwhile people from higher income countries still face barriers to support with treatment gaps, stigmatization, financial strain, and lack of awareness." - (TogetherallUK, 2021)


How is GCU addressing Mental Health Inequalities?

At Glasgow Caledonian University we undertake a whole institutional and community based approach to embedding holistic and accessible mental health and wellbeing support, and empowering an inclusive and positive culture around mental health and wellbeing in our society. We have a number of contextualised support frameworks for the intersectional experiences of our students and staff, and are always working to enhance these provisions. Some of these provisions include:

  • Access to a range of wellbeing supports, including culturally competent counselling services for all staff and students. 
  • Exploring the impact of curricula on the mental health and wellbeing of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and LGBTQI+ Student Communities
  • Having contextualised admissions, policy, practises and support, with a named contact for our Student Carers and Care Experienced Students
  • Providing tailored support for students who have disclosed a diagnosis (or who have identified with a diagnosis) on the autism spectrum. This support is recognised and accredited by the National Autistic Society
  • Working to develop and launch a tailoured support resource for reporting hate crime, racism, and harassment 
  • Considering the impact of intersectional experiences in our Student Mental Health Action Plan

More details of the specific contextualised support for diverse student body can be viewed at the Supporting Our Students webpage. 


Upcoming Mental Health and Wellbeing Activities at Glasgow Caledonian University

World Mental Health Day this year is held on Sunday the 10th of October. We've included a table overview for students and staff to sign up for events held in the week before and after World Mental Health Day 2021 which focus on enhancing our mental health and wellbeing! There will also be information and resources being published at the GCU Wellbeing social media accounts (@GCUWellbeing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram)

6th October at 3pm: Staff Carer Network Event with Guest Speaker from East Renfrewshire Carers Centre  Email
13th of October at 1:30pm: What is Mindfulness? Eventbrite
18th of October (World Menopause Day): GCU Menopause Café Group Email
19th of October at 2pm: Suicide Alertness Training with SAMH  Eventbrite
20th of October at 3pm: Supporting your blended learning experience: a 4 Week Group  Eventbrite

A full list of upcoming events and workshops can be found at the Webinars and Online Events webpage. GCU Students' Association are also hosting a series of Mind Your Mate: Suicide Prevention Skills workshops in October and November, these can be found at the same webpage or on the GCU Students' Association website.

Student Video

Our Student Life team have produced a video for World Mental Health Day 2021 discussing with students how being on campus has benefitted their mental health and wellbeing



Togetherall, a support service which GCU students and staff are able to access,  is supporting Forward Together for Mental Health, a film created for Mental Health UK and in partnership with ITN Productions. It will be broadcast live at 6pm on Sunday 10th on MHUK's YouTube channel and will highlight Togetherall's work alongside other mental health services and charities. We will encourage people to tune in and we hope you do the same.

Mental Health Support

Learn more about the support provisions we offer students and staff below: