Wendy Jane Gray
Wendy Jane Gray
Wendy Jane says, "Welcome to my fundraising page for Healthy Minds supporting student mental health at Bristol University. And thank you for taking time to read my story."
My Fundraising...This October 2022 I am running the London Marathon to raise money and support for Healthy Minds.
My history...As some of you may know mental health through counselling is my passion. Back in the early 80's I was proud to belong to the Bristol University community where I read Psychology. Later, I continued my career as a Counselling Psychologist developing an interest working in trauma, anxiety and depression.
Mental health for all...All of us have our own mental health journey and at times, when things become too much, we may develop ways of coping that end up being counter productive to our well being and peace of mind. Such a time may be as students away from home and studying, making decisions that will set us up for our future. Support through talking therapy, mentoring and physical activity can be hugely beneficial especially if tailored to the individual which is what Healthy Minds is all about.
Mind and Body...I have recently trained in EMDR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) which works by accessing and calming both sides of the brain through following left and right hand or tapping movements. As a therapy this works also much exercise has a left and right repetitive pattern. How often have we thought of going for a walk to "clear the head?" Research shows that physical exercise releases mood boosting chemicals while social exercise aids relationships and friendships. Talking therapy and a listening ear means we are not alone and have support.
Access for all...Student life may bring on stress, also those with mental health problems may feel barred from access to study. Having a programme that recognises individual mental health need is what makes Bristol a welcoming environment inclusive for all.
Impact of the Programme...90% of participants score within or above national mental health scores on completion. As around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health condition each year and 75% of adults with mental illness are under 25, Healthy Minds is a worthy cause helping students address mental health challenges.
I appreciate any donations towards this charity.