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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

‌This year's Mental Health Awareness week (MHAW) runs from the 13th to 19th May 2019 and the ‌theme is Body Image.  ‌There has been a lot of focus in the media about the exclusionary body and beauty standards that exist within our society. Many movements and campaigns have come to the forefront to advocate and celebrate the diversity of shapes, sizes, and colours that bodies come in, and refocus our self-worth towards our other non-physical attributes, achievements and talents.

Body image challenge

During MHAW the Mental Health Foundation will be running a body image challenge which is easy to take part in.  Post on social media a picture of a time/place when you felt comfortable in your own skin - it could be a photo of yourself or something else that reminds you of the moment.  Use the hashtags #BeBodyKind and #MentalHealthAwarenesWeek.

Events and workshops

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.

Body image talk

Wednesday 29th May 2019
12.30 - 13.30
Book your place on this event.

Join Julie Cameron (Mental Health Foundation Scotland's Head of Programmes) for an interactive discussion on the topic of body image.  Free lunch provided for this event.

Get inspired about your own and others' body images:

For more information on how to get involved, visit the MHAW website.

University Library wellbeing resources

The University Library has a lot of useful and relevant resources to support health and wellbeing. The following link is a collated  reading list of resources, with categories including relationships, eating, sleep, addiction and general mental health. 

http://resourcelists.st-andrews.ac.uk/lists/A3B65461-5EAC-C236-A218-E8552B475B0B.html

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

  • Pacifica for Stress and Anxiety – tools for stress and anxiety alongside a supportive community.  Based on CBT and meditation.
  • Breathe2Relax – stress management breathing exercises.
  • SAM (Self-help for Anxiety Management) – understand and manage anxiety.
  • WARP wellness tools (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)
  • SilverCloud Toolkit (requires a SilverCloud account) – online course to help people manage stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Calm - Meditation – mindfulness and meditation to relax, focus and sleep better.
  • Moodtools Depression Aid – self-help evidence-based tools targeting depression.
  • MoodKit - Mood Improvement Tools – tools to improve your mood and become more knowledgeable on your moods.
  • Relax Melodies: Sleep Sounds – relaxation and sleep.

Website links

Wellbeing & Engagement Group
E: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

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

Sign up to the Well Now! newsletter email: wellgrp@st-andrews.ac.uk

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