Harry and Meghan discuss mental health on Bondi Beach visit
October 19, 2018
By: Jenna Rachid
The royal couple joined surfers from the community group OneWave, to discuss mental health issues.
According to ITV News, Harry and Meghan joined the OneWave group to take part in Fluro Friday, a day where people dress in fluorescent colours and open up about their mental health.
To turn the tide on stigma surrounding mental health issues, OneWave is encouraging people to share their experiences of living with mental health issues and the power of opening up using #OneRoyalFluroWave #RoyalVisitAustralia pic.twitter.com/YGvk8vmptC
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) October 18, 2018
Surf instructor, Sam Schumacher, said: ‘This visit will really raise the profile of what we are trying to do and the fact that mental health doesn’t discriminate.’
Founder of OneWae, Grant Trebilco, who previously struggled with his mental health, before being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, said: ‘They were so engaging, they had time for everyone and really felt part of the One Wave community.’
Buckingham University will treat students falling asleep in class as a possible sign of a mental health disorder, the Telegraph reports.
Students falling asleep during lectures could be ‘an indication that they are not sleeping at night.’
Under new plans, all university staff, including professors and cleaners, will undergo compulsory mental health first aid training, to ‘spot signs of potential distress among students.’
Academics will be trained to recognise those students as they could be suffering from anxiety or depression.
Head of Welfare at Buckingham University, Dee Bunker, is overseeing the staff training programme. She said: ‘Our hope is that no member of staff would ever walk past anyone who is upset.’
‘This training gives people the knowledge and confidence to say: ‘Are you ok? Is there anything I can help with?’ and signpost them towards where they can get more help,’ she added.
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