Why the free plants?
You may have seen me a couple of times during Freshers' Fortnight giving away free plants - asides from being absolutely obsessed with plants (as my desk will attest to), I'm really keen to raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma around mental health in as many ways as possible. Our plant stalls were a huge success - we managed to give away over 400 plants, and around 600 mental health support and advice leaflets too! everyon that came to the stall was really interested, and stopped to chat with me about mental health, and where support is available from the SU and the University.
i'm also really keen on seeing how your plants are doing, so keep me updated using the hashtag #SUPlantBabies so I can see how your plant is doing!
Our brand new Wellbeing Ambassadors project is also now live through the VTeam. If you're passionate about mental wellbeing and supporting your peers, the Wellbeing Ambassadors scheme is a great way to get involved in the Mental Health Big 5 Project and help other students too. You can sign up through essex.su/welfare, or head straight to the VTeam projects page.
If you missed out on a plant, have no fear, as this was so successful and so much fun that it's likely we'll be doing this again soon. Keep an eye out for Wellbeing Week in November too, where we will have loads of fun and engaging things to do that will help your wellbeing too