Students recruit famous faces to support mental health campaign
Students at De Montfort University (DMU) have recruited famous Leicestershire faces to support a new mental health campaign.
Players from Leicestershire County Cricket Club, former England cricketer Paul Nixon, assistant City Mayor Councillor Manjula Sood, Leicestershire Chief Constable Simon Cole and Leicester Comedy Festival director Geoff Rowe are among those backing the Ask Me About campaign.
It is DMU's contribution to University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day today (February 20). This annual event aims to promote positive mental health for staff and students in higher education.
Special placards with messages supporting the campaign will be produced and used in pictures at different places in the city.
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The placards read: "Ask Me About…" with students writing in their own experiences in an attempt to start a conversation about positive mental health.
Kristina Cook is among the students taking part.
As a volunteer for V-Inspired, she is passionate about spreading a positive message.
She said: "One in four people will suffer mental health issues and it's important to recognise things that people can do to make a difference to their state of mind by staying positive or exercising."
Many of the people they have approached have a connection with mental health: Simon Cole is ACPO spokesman for mental health; Paul Nixon wrote about it in his biography and Geoff Rowe has used the comedy festival to break down barriers.
Prof Dominic Shellard, vice-chancellor of the university, will be with students today.
He has written of his experiences with anxiety in the past.
He said: "Ask Me About is all about promoting positive experiences around mental health. Everyone has a right to positive mental health and I have been incredibly impressed with students who are championing this cause."