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11 May 2018

Series of events to take place on campus to mark Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

Dogs, yoga and a bike that makes smoothies… the University’s Health and Safety team is to run a number of events to mark this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th).   

Research cited by the Mental Health Foundation has found that over 16 million people experience mental health problems every year in the UK and the theme for this year’s Awareness Week is stress.

From 15-17 May, the Health and Safety team are running a number of events to raise awareness about mental health and the strategies available to help tackle issues such as stress.

The programme for the week is as follows:

Tuesday 15 May

From 12:30pm-1:30pm, a soccercise session will take place in the Holywell Fitness Centre, led by Jordan Reek, who plays for Nottingham Forest Ladies. Soccercise is an exciting workout class that involves a variety of exercises, paired with a football, which can be tailored to suit all levels.

There are limited places for this session, so please book your place by contacting Michelle Cunningham on 01509 228054 or emailing before Monday 14 May.

On Tuesday there will also be an opportunity to meet dogs from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association in the EHB Atrium from 12pm-2pm. Donations are welcome, and small gifts such as cuddly dog toys will be available to purchase as well.

Wednesday 16 May

School and Departmental Safety Officers are invited to the annual Health and Safety Forum, which takes place 11:15am-3:30pm in room LO41, Wavy Top Building. For a copy of the agenda and more details contact Lynda Langford at You can book your place via my.HR.

Representatives from the Employee Assistance Programme will also be in the EHB Atrium to provide more information about the scheme and any support you may require. They will be available from 10am-11:30am, and 12:30pm-4pm.

Thursday 17 May

Head Fitness Instructor at Burleigh Springs Leisure Club, Stephen Lilley, will be on hand At EHB to talk about how to get into exercise and how fitness can help you to lead a better lifestyle.

Other colleagues from Burleigh Springs will be offering hand and arm massages and providing advice on how to relax and take time out for yourself to improve your mental wellbeing.

Juice and smoothie stall

Campus Living will have a juice and smoothie stall in EHB where you can sample a number of nutritious drinks. There’s also the chance to have a go at making your own drink on the famous Smoothie Bike!


All are invited to attend a yoga session in the Studio at the Holywell Fitness Centre from 12pm-1pm. There will be restricted numbers so please book your place by contacting Michelle Cunningham on 01509 228054 or emailing before Monday 14 May.

Free fruit

Free fruit will also be available throughout the three-day event, courtesy of Kerry’s Fresh.

There will be a mental health stand based in the Edward Herbert Building (EHB) Atrium throughout the three days to offer guidance and information about the support available, and there will also be green ribbon pins (the international symbol for mental health awareness) to buy for a small donation.

Visit the dedicated Mental Health Awareness Week webpages for more information about how to manage stress, and also to find out more about how the University can support you.