We Need To Talk

What is We Need to Talk? 

Vice President Art & Design and Media & Performing Arts, Lucy Holland, is focusing this year on mental health awareness and support on campus. The We Need to Talk campaign will concentrate on a different aspect of mental health each month, with a series of events and talks accompanying each topic. 

The main objective of this campaign is to signpost students to all the mental health provisions available on campus, with a long-term aim of changing the culture of how we view mental health. Once we are all able to talk freely about our mental health without fear of stigma, we can begin to access the support services which are available. 

So, a message to all staff, students and visitors at Middlesex University: when it comes to our mental health, We Need to Talk. 


How can I get involved? 

Every month Lucy will be hosting the Chill Out Hub in various locations across campus. Pop in for a chance to chill out, have a cup of tea, play on the Wii, pet some dogs, cuddle Walter Waffles (the Welfare Teddy Bear), pick up some information on mental health services and speak to an advisor from the confidential MDXSU Advice service if you need. You can see upcoming events and activities at www.mdxsu.com/events

If you would like to be updated on the We Need to Talk campaign, please become a member of our campaign group to receive regular news and updates. You can join online here.


Who can I go on to on campus to if I need support? 


The Middlesex University Counselling and Mental Health service is available to all students, providing wellbeing support and confidential counselling services to help you manage any challenges affecting you emotionally and/or psychologically whilst studying.  The Counselling and Mental Health Team is made up of counsellors and psychological therapists, offering:

•  One-to-one counselling/ psychological therapy
•  Mental health support and casework 
•  Group workshops, addressing issues such as starting university, stress management, overcoming procrastination and psychological blocks to study 
•  Referral to other services where appropriate 

When contacting the Counselling team, you will receive an email within 3 weeks about booking in an appointment. Sometimes these emails can go into your Junk folder, so please check there regularly. Sunny Hill House, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BT. For more information please email at: cmh@mdx.ac.uk or call 020 8411 4118. 



The Counselling and Mental Health Team offers a drop-in service if you are feeling distressed, anxious or have a concern you would like to discuss. Come and talk to the professionals at Sunny Hill House at 2pm, Mondays to Fridays - no need to book an appointment. For general enquiries and information, contact the Counselling & Mental Health Team at: cmh@mdx.ac.uk 



The MDXSU Advice service offers independent advice on a range of academic issues, providing non-judgmental, confidential and unbiased advice. You can schedule a meeting, which will take place at MDXSU (downstairs in MDX House), where you will speak to an advisor in a confidential space. You will be asked to talk about your situation and advised through the process of an appeal or complaint – you’ll also have the chance to ask any questions you may have. 

MDXSU Advice Service offers advice and support in:

•  Making an appeal to the University 
•  Making a complaint to the University 
•  Responding to an allegation of academic misconduct 
•  Representing yourself at a University disciplinary hearing 

To organise a meeting with your Students‘ Union Advice team, email studentadvice@mdx.ac.uk or call 020 8411 6450. For more information, visit www.mdxsu.com/advice  



Middlesex University is now offering SilverCloud to all registered students and staff, a free online self-help service to help anyone experiencing a variety of emotional challenges. SilverCloud offers secure, immediate access to online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) programmes, tailored to your specific needs to support you in setting yourself goals, problem solving and building up your life skills. These programmes have demonstrated high improvement rates for depression and anxiety. 

It’s flexible – access it anywhere, on your computer, tablet or mobile phone and work at your own pace. It‘s easy to use - interactive tools and activities make your experience interesting and motivational. 

Sign up to SilverCloud today at mdxwellbeing.Silvercloudhealth.com/signup


Who can I go to outside of university if I need support? 

Student Minds https://www.studentminds.org.uk/  

Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. They aim to empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change. 

CALM https://www.thecalmzone.net/  

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is leading a movement against male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. Join the campaign to take a stand against male suicide and get the tools you need for action. 

Time to Change https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/  

Time to Change is a growing social movement working to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. 

SANE http://www.sane.org.uk/  

SANE offers emotional support and information to anyone affected by mental health problems through their helplineTextcare and through online Support Forum where people share their feelings and experiences. 

Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/  

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. We campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. 

Rethink Mental Illness https://www.rethink.org/  

They directly support almost 60,000 people every year across England to get through crises, to live independently and to realise they are not alone. They also change attitudes and policy for millions.  

Together http://www.together-uk.org/  

Together offer a wide variety of support to help people deal with the personal and practical impacts of mental health issues. The services we can provide range from one-to-one support in the community to supported accommodation and making sure people understand and are able to express their needs in their dealings with official bodies.  

Muslim Youth Helpline https://www.myh.org.uk/  

The Muslim Youth Helpline (MYH) is an award-winning registered charity which provides pioneering faith and culturally sensitive services to Muslim youth in the UK. 

Nightline https://www.nightline.ac.uk/  

Nightline is a listening, emotional support, information and supplies service, run by students for students. Nightlines are open at night, run by trained, caring, fellow student volunteers. Nightline can be contacted by phone, face to face, by email or by online chat. There are Nightline services at many universities around the UK and elsewhere.