24 Sep 2019
University to host engaging programme of events for World Mental Health Day
Staff members, students and LUSEP campus partners are invited to a series of events taking place on Thursday 10 October to highlight World Mental Health Day.
The day is observed to raise awareness of mental health and challenge the stigmas associated with it.
This year’s theme is suicide prevention. A number of events and activities being held at Loughborough will touch on this emotive and important subject, as well as cover a range of others too.
The University encourages staff, students and campus partners to engage with the programme and connect with one another throughout the day, whether it is hearing about the journeys of others, attending a workshop, walking around our campus or speaking to one of our Mental Health First Aiders, who will be wearing green t-shirts on the day. There will also be a Mental Health First Aid stand at our London campus.
The events and activities are as follows:
- Matt Jones: Misadventures in time and space – a writer’s journey through addiction and depression
- Alex da Silva: My journey from a dying addict to a TEDx speaker, helping to change the world
- Creative Lego Play
- Mental Health Mates walk
- Stressbuster massages by Loughborough’s Physiotherapy team
- Yoga sessions
- Screening of ‘The Stranger on the Bridge’ followed by ‘Suicide: Spotting the signs’
- ‘Being a Bloke’: Exploring men’s mental health
- Positive thinking session
- Creative Wellbeing Area
- Pub Quiz (£2 per team member)
All of the events are free to attend unless otherwise stated, although some require booking a place in advance. More information about each of the activities is available on the links above.
Nadine Skinner, Staff Lead for Mental Health and Wellbeing, commented: “When it comes to our wellbeing, other people matter. For many people, work and the relationships they have with their colleagues can be an important and valuable part of their lives.
“Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and more secure and give us a greater sense of purpose. Yet, sometimes in the workplace and at university, fear of stigma around poor mental health prevents people from seeking help or supporting others who may be in crisis.
“Please do get involved on the day and show your support to help open up communication surrounding mental health.”
If you feel you need support with your mental wellbeing, there are a number of services available to access through the University:
- The Employee Assistance Programme – available 24/7 online and by telephone, the scheme can provide support on a range of life’s obstacles. The service is confidential and is external to the University
- Mental Health First Aiders – they are here to listen to you in a safe space and signpost you to the correct support service for any concerns or worries you may have
- Counselling and Disability Service – This is an opportunity to talk and reflect with a professionally trained person
- Centre for Faith and Spirituality – Whether you want someone to listen or feel like you need a quiet space, the Centre is a supportive service for staff as well as students. Chaplains are available for anyone, irrespective of their religious or spiritual background.