Keeping people safe, keeping learning
Mental Health Awareness Week
Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to find out more
about mental health issues, to think about our own mental health and how we can
help each other.
The theme of this year’s Mental
Health Awareness Week is kindness, and runs from 18 – 24 May. The focus on
kindness is a response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is having a big
impact on people's mental health.
Look after your mental wellbeing
We recognise that this is a difficult and unsettling time for everyone,
creating uncertainty and worry which can affect mental health. The Wellbeing
Service have brought together a selection of some of the many online
resources available to help you stay connected, healthy and engaged.
Try to strike a balance between having a routine and making sure each
day has some variety. You could work through your to-do list or read a book
you'd been meaning to get to. Finding an hour or two a day to take a break from
social media can be a helpful way of escaping from news about the pandemic,
which may be having an impact on your emotional wellbeing.
The Library Service have put together their Top
10 Feel Good Films and have expanded their e-book
selection by 180,000 titles!
For many students' traditional exams have been replaced with
assignments or online exams. This can be a pressured time for students, but
there is plenty of support, advice and resources on hand to help you stay
calm and effective.
It’s important to take care of your mental and physical health to be
able to do your best. Plan a sensible work schedule and balance your work with
eating well, exercising and relaxation.
Stay physically fit
Most of us are familiar with the physical benefits of exercise: weight
control, increased energy, and improved physical fitness. But exercise can
also improve mental health, and potentially even alleviate or prevent
Getting more active each day– even a small change – can boost your
morale, giving you a sense of achievement and help you feel better in yourself.
During lockdown, several organisations have set up online
workout classes that you can join from the comfort of your home.
Fika: The 5 minute emotional workout app
Fika is a "5 minute emotional workout app" designed to
help you overcome nervousness, manage anxiety and beat stress by boosting your
confidence, helping you build solid relationships and getting you better
prepared to face whatever life throws at you.
This Thursday (21 May), the Fika App are hosting a masterclass
for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: The Science of Kindness with Dr Fran
up with your university email for a mental fitness masterclass on
the physical and psychological benefits of kindness.
All of our Support
Services can be contacted via Advice Zone Online and queries will be
responded to between the usual opening hours of 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to
Friday. Support for students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress
is available from the University’s Mental
Health and Counselling
Services. 30 Minute Wellbeing Advice Telephone and Skype
appointments are available and can be booked via Advice
Zone Online. Please include your mobile number or Skype address in the
notes section of the online booking form.
Services – Self Help Resources
Services - Coronavirus and your mental wellbeing
New public health advice issued
New public health advice has been issued which now asks all individuals
to self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough, or fever or anosmia.
Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also
affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked. The individual’s
household should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines
and the individual should stay at home for seven days, or longer if they still
have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste. You can find
the latest advice and guidance on the gov.uk