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Abseil off the Belfast campus

12 Apr 2019

Support Mind Your Mood by taking part in an abseil off the Belfast Campus.

Please join us to make 2019 an even bigger success!

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75%

of mental health issues develop before age of 25

62%

of students worry about their mental health

Less than 40%

of students know where to seek support

This unique challenge allows you to abseil 26 metres off Ulster University’s Belfast campus.

Our team of highly skilled instructors will ensure you are equipped with everything you need to make your abseil safe and enjoyable. It’s a real adrenaline rush followed by a huge sense of achievement as your feet land on solid ground.

No previous experience is needed to take part and it’s suitable for everyone over 16 years of age.

Cost is £35 per person, which covers the Belfast Activity Centre costs for the day.

We also ask that everyone abseiling sets up a fundraising page on justgiving.com – just select Ulster University as your charity of choice and we will direct all your donations (plus gift aid) direct to Mind Your Mood.

We ask that everyone raises a minimum of £100 fundraising.

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Abseil FAQ

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WHAT DOES A TYPICAL ABSEIL DAY LOOK LIKE FROM AN ABSEILERS PERSPECTIVE

  1. Bring your completed medical form with you
  2. After registration we will move you in groups of 10 to take part in a safety briefing where you will have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have on abseiling. Once registered you may not leave the designated area – if you do so you may lose your abseil space.
  3. Your safety advisor will move you from the safety briefing area to the kitting out area where you will be provided with your PPE equipment in the form of harness, helmet and gloves.
  4. BAC staff will move you from this point to complete a practice and then abseil.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FROM REGISTRATION TO ABSEIL?

It can take approximately 30mins – 90 minutes from registration through to abseil based on a number of factors such as weather and punctuality.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Footwear - Hiking boots or trainers – absolutely no heels, open toe sandals or pumps.
Clothing - Wear loose comfortable clothing, tuck in shirts etc., and remove any bulky jackets. Pockets must be empty or zipped closed and any sharp or bulky items removed.
Other - Remove all jewellery and tie your hair back.

CAN I WEAR A COSTUME?

Yes if you would like to be batman or wonder woman for the day that will certainly make for a great photo! Just remember you need to be able to wear a harness, helmet and gloves so please make sure your outfit permits this and remember leggings or shorts must be worn under skirts!

I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION CAN I STILL ABSEIL?

Please call Belfast Activity Centre on 02890 600132 to discuss we will do our utmost to assist you.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING ON THE DAY?

Medical Form – FULLY completed and signed (Attached above).

If you use an inhaler or require any medication please bring it with you. Abseilers are requested not to take alcohol or any drugs which might impair their ability to abseil prior to the event. The safety officer may refuse to allow any individual to abseil and is not required to give reasons.

CAN I BRING MY MOBILE PHONE TO THE ABSEIL POINT?

Mobile Phones are not permitted on the roof, please leave these with a family member or friend, failing that you may leave your phone in the valuables box in the kitting out area at your own risk.

CAN ANYONE ELSE TAKE PHOTOS FROM THE ABSEIL POINT?

For safety reasons only abseilers and BAC staff are permitted access to the roof.

IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?

14 years is the minimum there is no upper age.

IS THERE A WEIGHT RESTRICTION

18 stones.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE FOR MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO WATCH THE ABSEIL?

The ideal location is across the road outside the Education Authority Offices.

CAN MY FAMILY / FRIENDS STAY WITH ME AFTER REGISTRATION?

After registration you will be with a group of abseilers so unfortunately this is not possible.

Vulnerability factors

Students in higher education are at an age vulnerable to mental illness as 75% of mental health difficulties develop before the age of 25. 16-25 is the key age group to target with preventative & early interventions.

Student Minds

If you are worried about someone's mental health, there are things you can do to help.