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8 May 2019

Free wellbeing events for staff members offered as part of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), the University will be offering a range of sessions and workshops for staff members which aim to improve their wellbeing.

From yoga and mindfulness sessions to positive thinking, a number of colleagues from departments across the University will be presenting free events which all staff are welcome to attend.

These will all take place on Monday 13 May in the West Park Teaching Hub and must be booked in advance via my.HR using the links below.

Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment, and members of staff can ask to be formally released by their line managers to take part and count the session towards their continuous professional development (CPD), subject to operational need.

The sessions are as follows:

A short session to discuss self-esteem and what it means, with practical tips for improving your own self-esteem and confidence.

A session to discuss what stigma is, where it stems from and how we can replace it with acceptance and support in the workplace.

  • Yoga and mindfulness (taking place in the exhibition space) – 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm

Please wear relaxed clothing and bring trainers

A workshop designed to improve decision making, manage thoughts and responses, as well as increase concentration levels.

A short session to discuss self-esteem and what it means, with practical tips for improving your own self-esteem and confidence.

Information on what the University has done to investigate and support the wellbeing of Doctoral Researchers. This will include future plans on how to improve, considering staff support needs.

Meditation is known to boost self-confidence, increase concentration, enhance relationships and improve health.

Pauline will share some of her personal experiences and thoughts on the power of positive thinking.

An exhibition featuring University Services such as Faith and Spirituality, Sustainability Team, Mental Health First Aiders, Sports Development Centre, Occupational Health and Campus Living will be available all day as part of the event.

In addition, The Guide Dogs will be back, guests can take part in Mindball – a competitive game where relaxation is key to winning - and attendees will also be encouraged to write down and share messages about mental wellbeing on the mood wall. There will also be a raffle with prizes including treatments and use of leisure facilities at Burleigh Springs, a reusable cup, a FitBit and many more.

We don't often talk about our own mental health with others, as it sometimes may seem a little daunting. However, having ten minutes to have a meaningful conversation about how you are feeling can really help, which is why there will be 'Take 10 together' pods at the event with a number of the University's Mental Health First Aiders.

Please note although we won't be able to provide individual or emergency support for people in crisis, we can signpost to services that can help.