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Wellbeing calendar

What's happening? Our programme of scheduled health & wellbeing events/ campaigns, as well as news and updates on recent activities. 

June 2019 - Community

For the Wellbeing Calendar.

This month's focus is on the Community and interacting with the community around you.  The Community Section of the University's Wellbeing is being developed so that staff can promote groups, clubs and societies that they support.


The aim is to help staff within the University connect with clubs and community groups in and around St Andrews and build stronger social ties within the town. 


If you are interested in promoting your club, group or society, please email


Dementia Friendly St Andrews

The group works with people in the local area to run and support fun and enjoyable events and activities within St Andrews that people with dementia can attend and particpate in. The group has hosted fashion shows, concerts and afternoon tea fundraisers to name a few.

The group is always looking for volunteers that can support or host events and come up with innovative ideas for raising funds for research foundations.


If you are interested in participating in any upcoming events or wish to learn more, please go to their Facebook page or contact Dr Maggie Ellis at


'Doing Art in the Bell Pettigrew' Society

The informal sessions start with refreshment and discussion, followed by dispersing around the museum to draw or paint. It's a great opportunity to meet colleagues and students from across the University who enjoy art in a fascinating and absorbing environment.


Bird picture.All staff and postgraduate students are welcome to join. No artistic ability required. Participants must bring their own materials. This is not an art class so there is no fee or formal instruction.


Sessions run on Tuesdays (fortnightly), 7PM - 10PM  throughout the academic year (September to June). If you are interested in coming along, or have any questions, please email Alice Carradice:


Volunteering helped me rebuild my life ...

Kirsteen Cruickshanks from CAPOD talks about how volunteering at her local community cafégave her a new lease of life and self-confidence after an extended recover period from hospital.  To read her story visit the Well Now! June 2019 newsletter.


Know your Scottish words and phrases

Test your knowledge by taking our community language quiz and see how many you get right.

May 2019 - Mental Health Awareness

This month we are focusing on Body Image, which is this year's topic for the national Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May 2019)


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.


Join in - Listen to 5 special podcasts (due to be released to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week):, Watch Dr Lindsay Kite's TEDx Talk: and Follow the #Iweigh Instigram feed launched by Jameela Jamil which encourages us to feel valuable and see how amazing we are beyond the flesh on our bones:


Additional activities and events

  • How Body Positive are you? Take the quiz ...

  • Body Image talk,

    29th May 2019

    12.30 - 13.30

    ‘All of us live with our bodies as they evolve and change.  Just as all of us have a role in shaping an inclusive culture where we help others feel comfortable in their own skin...For too many of us, our bodies are sources of shame and distress.  From an early age, we are bombarded with images that define what an ‘ideal body’ looks like.’ (Mark Rowland, CEO, Mental Health Foundation).  An interactive discussion with Julie Cameron (Head of Programmes, Mental Health Foundation), FREE lunch is provided.  Book your place now - Body Image talk

  • Eating Well: Menopause

    20th June 2019

    14.00 - 16.00

    The two-hour session provides information about how our diet and lifestyle can affect the menopausal experience and what foods can cause, exacerbate and relieve menopausal symptoms.  Book your place now - Eating Well: Menopause


For more events and activities please see the University online booking system (PDMS).

April 2019 - Love Later Life

Love Later Life logo


Love Later Life workshop - April 30th

Each of the 4 sessions in the workshop:

  • Financial and Tax,

  • Health and Wellbeing,

  • Legal,

  • Work Options

is designed to get you thinking through personal reflection and small group discussion so that you leave with a clear personal action plan of next steps: what to do, where to go, and who else to talk to about your specific situations.  Local professionals will deliver these, and all advice will be impartial.

Book your place now on April 30th 09.30-16.45

Menopause 2019 Festival

On 26th and 27th April the Menopause Festival returns to Perth Theatre with presentations, marketplace stalls, creative workshops, film, panel discussions and stand-up comedy. All ages and genders welcome.


For more details and how to buy tickets please visit the Festival webpage


10K for Marie Curie: 8th June

Join us for this annual walk in aid of Marie Curie. Staff, friends, family, and even dogs are all welcome!  The route takes in some of St Andrews' most iconic sites and will take around 3.5 hours at a comfortable pace.

For those doing the Step Count Challenge this is a great way to combine stepping and spending time with family and friends!

To register your interest please fill in our online form

Wellbeing with Waterstones

Me.You. Not a Diary (Dawn French) - Dawn French has created a spectacular book which encourages readers to document and reflect on the patterns and changes from the year. It is a perfect accompaniment for those who wish to create their own happiness and is perfect for reflecting on the current year or the years still to come.




Menopause: The one-Stop Guide (Kathy Abernethy) - Kathy Abernethy is an award-winning Menopause Specialist Nurse and is the current chair of the British Menopause Society, with over twenty years of experience in the field. The book provides clear and helpful information about the symptoms, help, treatment and staying positive. An essential book to understand the menopause.


 With the End in Mind (Kathryn Mannix) - Dr Kathryn Mannix has collated over thirty stories of humans facing death to help break the biggest taboo of our society: death. She answers intimate questions about the process and offers help, reassurance, and encouragement to all: the grieving and bereaved, ill and healthy.


March - Heart & Lungs month


CPR & Defibrilator training


Book Now: March 27th 12.30-13.30

Help raise the survival rate for out of hospital cardiac arrest in the UK by learning CPR.  This brief class with Henry Rae and Mike Fearons, University First Aiders, will teach the Instinctive CPR method. There is very little to remember, but learning the method will give you the confidence to believe you could cope with a  real emergency.


No experience is required - just come along and get hands-on!  This class is also suitable as a refresher for those who have previously had training but have not done CPR for a while.

How healthy is your heart?

Find out with the NHS Check Your Heart Age Tool

Diabetes a major risk factor for heart disease

According to the British Heart Foundation, 'Diabetes causes damage to your blood vessels. This makes you two to three times more likely to develop heart and circulatory conditions like coronary heart disease, stroke and vascular dementia.'

Find out more with the BHF's 'Diabetes and your heart' booklet which can be downloaded here.

If you are concerned you may be at risk of high blood sugar, make an appointment to see your GP.

NHS guidance states 'Symptoms of hyperglycaemia in people with diabetes ‌tend to develop slowly over a few days or weeks. In some cases, there may be no symptoms until the blood sugar level is very high. Symptoms of hyperglycaemia include:

  • increased thirst and a dry mouth

  • needing to pee frequently

  • tiredness

  • blurred vision

  • unintentional weight loss

  • recurrent infections, such as thrush, bladder infections (cystitus) and skin infections

  • tummy pain

  • feeling or being sick

  • breath that smells fruity'


Scottish Workplace Journey Challenge

The aim of the Challenge is to get as many people as possible commuting to work by walking, cycling, public transport and lift-sharing. You can log your journeys for business travel too. 

Anyone who works for an organisation in Scotland can take part. 

It’s great fun and Sustrans will be giving out loads of prizes along the way. Compete on your own or as part of a workplace or workplace team. All you have to do is register and then start logging your journeys to get on the leaderboard.

For more info visit:

Wellbeing with Waterstones

Fragile Lives (Prof Stephen Westaby) - Professor Westaby has saved hundreds of lives in his thirty-five year career as a heart surgeon, and has written this poignant memoir recalling some of his most remarkable and challenging cases. The book offers a fascinating and in-depth insight into the world of heart surgery and how it feels to play a vital role in saving someone's life.





Cut Your Cholestrol (Dr Sarah Brewster) - Although cholesterol is essential for good health, high levels can lead to serious health issues. In her book, Dr Brewster provides useful information about cholesterol and how to identify whether you may have raised cholesterol levels. She introduces a clinically proven three-month programme to help you manage your health and cholesterol.





Stop Smoking with CBT (Dr Max Pemberton) - Dr Pemberton has spent several years helping people to overcome addiction and as a former smoker, he understands how difficult it can be to quit. In his book, he teaches readers to overcome smoking with a range of mind-training tools which will encourage you to quit for good. He also provides useful information about how to kick any habits and to avoid pitfalls to avoid to prevent starting again.

February 2019 - Love Yourself month


Hands in the shape of a heart in the sun.

During February, we’re encouraging you to Love Yourself:

  • Eat well with our Fresh Produce Giveaway! Be one of 50 staff members selected to receive 2KG of fresh fruit and vegetables - FREE! Register by emailing

  • Give yourself a health MOT!It's easy to get bogged down in the day to day routine, but don't forget to look after yourself too. There are a few appointments and easy habits you can make to ensure you are keeping yourself in the best possible health. A 20 minute eye appointment could reduce eye strain, or getting that niggly tooth fixed would make meals more enjoyable. And of course, if there is some health issue that has just been making you wonder if you should do something, whether an ache, persistent cough, mole or lump, make that GP appointment. Appointments to think about making:

There may be other appointments that you need to make depending on your circumstances for example any Family History Flags. If you have anything that runs in the family, make sure you are up to date with any checks specific to your own family history.

If you haven't signed up to a dental practice or GP, this is as good a time as any, before any problems arise.


Love Your Smile with Gentle Dental Care

Gentle Dental Care (in St Andrews) is offering a FREE New Patient Assesment (worth £85) to any University member of staff signing up for a 12-month membership plan.  This offer is only available until 1st June.

The New Patient Assessment is a 30-minute appointment which includes screening for gum disease, mouth cancer and x-rays.

Contact details for the dental practice - email: or tel: 01334 475 433


And because prevention is better than a cure, check yourself:  

Make those appointments you've been meaning to get round to - you are worth it!

January 2019 - Physical Fitness month


Get your new year off to an active start with some physical exercise. Why not try:


Wellbeing & Engagement Group

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

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Related links

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    2018 calendar

    2017 calendar

    2016 calendar

    2015 calendar