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UCA Epsom Students’ Union highlights the benefits of art therapy during Mental Health Week

Members of the public joined our students and staff in Epsom for some creative art therapy during Epsom Mental Health Week (EMHW).

A designated graffiti wall at our Ashley Road campus was filled with positive and inspirational messages, after visitors, as well as more than 60 students and members of staff, helped create the collaborative art piece and raise awareness of mental health issues affecting the community.

Silviu Doroftei, Epsom Campus President, said: ''Our contribution to EMHW was a real success, with everyone seeming to enjoy our graffiti wall and walking labyrinth. It was fantastic to get people involved in producing art, particularly when there is such an important message attached. It was really wonderful to see members of the community coming onto campus and joining our students and staff. I'm pleased to see so many positive messages added to the graffiti wall, which we hope will raise awareness of mental health issues and help to defeat the taboo.”

Epsom Mental Health Week is held during October each year and is organised by Love Me Love My Mind, a small Epsom-based charity that aims to promote better understanding of mental health and support wellbeing within the community.

“We received really positive feedback from students who love the idea of having a collaborative piece of art on campus,” commented Silviu. “We are a creative university after all and our hope is to develop this idea further during the year. We would like to say a massive thank you to all members of staff and to Love me, Love my Mind for making this happen!''

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