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De Montfort University Leicester is taking the unprecedented step of taking a break from its social media channels in order to draw attention to the impact of unrestrained social media use on mental health.

Click here to view the full schedule of #HealthyDMU activities

DMU will not be actively posting on its social media accounts between Wednesday 16 and Monday 21 January inclusive to encourage students and staff to put a renewed focus on their mental wellbeing by taking part in a ‘digital detox’.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that social media can increasingly present challenges to many people, in particular students. In the run up to ‘Blue Monday’ on 21 January, which is claimed to be the most depressing day of the year, DMU is aiming to emphasise the importance of positive mental health.


The digital detox is part of the #HealthyDMU initiative, which brings together everything that the university offers to provide a great healthy experience.

The goal of #HealthyDMU activities is to equip our students to succeed in their studies by supporting their health and wellbeing with a variety of tools that will enable them to make healthy choices and achieve their full potential.

A schedule of #HealthyDMU activities has been organised for the period of the digital detox, which will give students and staff the chance to put their energy into focusing on their mental health.

The activities have been carefully scheduled based on five pillars of wellbeing: connect, be active, take notice, learn and give.

#HealthyDMU Services: click here to find out more about masterclasses, SPA appointments, Disabled Students’ Allowances and mindfulness

Posted on: Tuesday 15 January 2019

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