David Doust, mental health campaigner from the Dorset Mental Health Forum, has reached out to students to help change and improve their mind, body and soul.
Partnering with Bournemouth University, the Dorset Mental Health Forum is offering sport sessions to encourage students to do something other than university work and give themselves a break.
David plans to work with students who are suffering from mental health issues or have not dealt with such issues before from anxiety and depression to harmful thoughts and worries.
The sessions will run every Tuesday between 1-3pm in SUBU sports hall on Talbot campus.
He said: “Having someone that is available in a friendly, relaxed environment that doesn’t feel medical almost like a therapy session would be good for students.
“It isn’t required or mandatory, they can just have a chat or play sports as and when they need.”
However there has been a lack of promotion which means few students are aware of this free resource that can benefit the remainder of their university time.
There are multiple sessions throughout the week such as Monday has a mix of table tennis and football, Tuesday holds various indoor sports whilst Wednesday consists of one-to-one sessions in the gym with David.
Dorset Mental Health Forum is also offering outdoor activities.
They are holding running groups and football sessions, but the charity is looking to set up more groups which will be beneficial to all students.
David explained: “Sport groups are universal, they are easy to set up and start running, especially as there is so much access at Bournemouth University.
“But we want these sessions to be student-led, so we’re looking at creating other groups such as a writing group as students have the choices and options.”
The charity wants to help students overcome their struggles in an efficient and positive way.
You can find out more information at: http://dorsetmentalhealthforum.org.uk