Mental health charity unveils black dog sculpture to bring Hope to Dundee



A new sculpture from a mental health charity has been unveiled at Dundee University.

Hope, a 3ft black dog from UK mental health charity Sane, stands at the heart of the University of Dundee campus to remind staff and students about the importance of talking about mental health.

Dr Shirley Hill, head of disability services, said: “We believe Hope’s presence will help to reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness and encourage members of the public and the university community to seek help early.

“The university offers confidential mental health advice and support to students and staff, including through our mental health, counselling, and disability services based in the support hub.”

Hope’s coat was designed by adult nursing student Laura Campbell and the name Hope was chosen by university rector and world record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont.

Mark said: “University can sometimes be an uphill struggle for students. It’s important to remember you are not invincible and not alone.

“Making the most of the student services Dundee provides is key to ensuring a friendly campus, where students and staff look out for each other’s wellbeing.”

The fibreglass statue is part of the mental health charity’s successful black dog campaign.

Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of Sane, said: “We are delighted that the University of Dundee is the latest Scottish university to adopt our black dog, showing a commitment to raising awareness of student mental health.

“What our campaign seems to have achieved is liberating the language of mental health so that young people can talk more openly and seek help more readily.”



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