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Mental Health Awareness Week

This year's Mental Health Awareness week runs from the 8th to 14th May 2017 and the ‌theme is Striving or Thriving, which will look at mental health from a new angle and seeks to uncover why too few of us are thriving with good mental health.  Many people struggle to cope with life's demands and getting through the day.  Good mental health is more than the abscence of a mental health problem.

Events and workshops

During the week there will be opportunities to participate in one or more group sessions covering a range of mental health and wellbeing activities.  Some of these opportunities run outwith the specific week but all take place within May.  To book a place on any of the following please select the relevant event (and date option if available):

  • Wellbeing Routine and Breathing - 09/05/07, 13.00 to 14.00
  • Cardio Tennis - 03/05/17, 17.30 to 18.30 AND/OR 10/05/17, 17.30 to 18.30
  • Barre Fit - 16/05/17, 13.00 to 14.00
  • Spring Labyrinth Walk - 26/05/17, 17.15 to 18.45

University Library wellbeing resources

The University Library has a lot of useful and relevant resources to support health and wellbeing. Elaine Miller from Library Services (and a member of the University Wellbeing and Engagement Group) has collated a reading list of resources, with categories including relationships, eating, sleep, addiction and general mental health. During mental Health Awareness Week we are promoting this reading list and encouraging staff to make use of Library resources. You can access the reading list here:

Additional resources

In addition to the Wellbeing Useful Links section, the following is a listing of external websites/apps which in no way implies any form of endorsement by the University.  The University takes no responsibility for the content of these websites/apps. The sites/apps have been provided in good faith, for general information purposes only.

iPhone Apps

  • Pacific – tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community.  Based on CBT and meditation.
  • Optimism – for depression, bipolar and anxiety disorders to track moods, keep a journal and chart recovery process.
  • Breathe2Relax – stress management breathing exercises.
  • SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) – understand and manage anxiety.
  • WARP wellness tools (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
  • SilverCloud – online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Calm – mindfulness and meditation to relax, focus and sleep better.
  • Moodtools – self-help evidence-based tools targeting depression.
  • MoodKit – tools to improve your mood and become more knowledgeable on your moods.
  • RCPsych Mental Health – general information, videos, podcasts and links to Royal College website.
  • Five Ways to Wellbeing – Reflect on wellbeing, set activities to help improve wellbeing and track progress.
  • Relax Melodies – relaxation and sleep.

Website links

Wellbeing & Engagement Group

Every month the group organises activities, events and promotions around different health and wellbeing themes.

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Related links

    News archives

    To view news on events and activities from previous years, please click on the following links:

    2017 news

    2016 news

    2015 news