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Mental Health Awareness Week: The support services available to you
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, an annual campaign run by the Mental Health Foundation which recognises the importance of a mentally healthy society for all.
Not only is this an opportunity to remind ourselves to check in with all aspects of our mental health – such as physical activity and diet, talking to others, and finding positive coping strategies that work for you – but this year’s campaign theme is kindness.
This year in particular has shown us the reasons why kindness to one another is so important. Many of us will have shown acts of kindness to friends, loved ones, neighbours and even strangers during the coronavirus pandemic.
As the Mental Health Foundation states, ‘at times like these when the world feels upside down, kindness can be the key to turning things around’. By helping others, you’ll be lifting their spirits and yours as well.
Be kind to yourself, too. If you’re experiencing work stress or exam anxiety, remember that you are working and studying in a pandemic and we are all adjusting and working to the best of our ability as we navigate our way through these unusual circumstances.
We have provided a list of our support services below to help you:
- The LU Wellbeing app – for both staff and students. This app is free to download and offers a holistic approach with a variety of tools and mechanisms to help you on your health and wellbeing journey.
- The Employee Assistance Programme – an external, confidential service which staff members can access 24/7, 365 days a year. You can contact the provider, Health Assured, about any personal or professional obstacles in your life that you need support with.
- Student Services – from counselling to disability and spiritual support, our advisors can provide online 1-1 appointments and guidance over email. They can also offer advice on any financial or accommodation concerns you might have.
- How we work during lockdown: The remote working guide – a wellbeing guide created by Human Resources and Organisational Development to support staff members working remotely during lockdown and social distancing.
- The Yellow Book – a digital platform inspired by creativity available in both written and audio format for staff and students to access, which includes resources such as breathing techniques, mindfulness and spoken affirmations.
- LU Arts wellbeing activities – channel your emotions through mindfulness colouring, creative wellbeing workshops and their Creative Distancing Facebook group.
- Loughborough Sport Lockdown – keep active and entertained with free online workouts each day as well as challenges and competitions.
- University Chaplaincy - If you feel anxious, stressed or need someone to talk to, you can speak to one of the University's Chaplains by calling 07961846905.
Additionally, external resources such as the NHS Every Mind Matters website may be of use to you. This has specific information on topics relating to coronavirus such as looking after children, anxiety and worries, and your mental wellbeing whilst at home.