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Wellbeing workshops for University Mental Health Day

Prioritising your wellbeing is important and to mark University Mental Health Day on 14 March, Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity will be hosting activities to help you put your wellbeing first.

There will be stands in the Edward Herbert Building (EHB) Atrium from 10am-2pm, providing information on the services available at Loughborough to support your wellbeing from the University's Mental Wellbeing Teams, Loughborough Students’ Union (LSU), the Campus View Medical Centre and many more.

The schedule of activities taking place is as follows:

The room will be a low sensory area where fidget toys and colouring books will be available to use.

Drop by to meet friendly staff who can explain and direct you to any sporting or physical activity opportunity available to you on campus. Staff will be able to talk through the Loughborough Sport app and answer any questions you may have. There will also be a mini game to play.

Anxiety is our body’s natural response to perceived threat and often leaves us with feelings of worry, fear, or unease. The Wellbeing Team will explore some ideas of how to recognise what is happening and strategies to begin managing different reactions.

A series of short films around subjects relating to different mental health problems will be shown. There may be some sensitive subjects in the films so there will be members of staff on hand to discuss any issues raised.

The Careers Team will discuss navigating the recruitment process with a disability. The talk will cover adjustments and disclosure, amongst other related issues.

LboroStrings, LSU Classical's student string quartet, was formed in 2022 and has since performed at various events and concerts. Their repertoire ranges from traditional classical pieces to contemporary pop covers.

You will be given your own canvas banner to decorate with embroidery, felt, ribbons and beads. You can sew flowers, affirmations or something abstract. You do not need any prior sewing experience; PhD researcher Penn Litchfield will teach you some basic stitching techniques and will be on hand to offer help and guidance. Getting involved in a fun, creative activity can have a positive impact on your wellbeing and may help you manage the symptoms of anxiety.

The workshop will last for two hours maximum, but you do not need to stay for the whole duration. You are welcome to turn up on the day and take part (space permitting), but advance booking is recommended as there will be limited materials.

  • 12.30pm-1pm, EHB2.11 – Mindfulness Session with Hayley Whelport, Cognitive Behavioural Therapist

It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much. Paying more attention to the present moment, to your thoughts and feelings, and the world around you can improve your mental wellbeing.

  • 12.30pm-1.15pm (for staff), 1.45pm-2.15pm and 2.30pm-3pm (for students), Chaplaincy Innerspace – Laughter Yoga

These sessions will be led by Chaplain Anthony Gimpel, combining playfulness, laughter, and breathing for pleasure and health.

You're advised to bring some water with you and wear comfortable clothing. Please note this is aerobic exercise so it’s not recommended for anyone with uncontrolled heart disease or epilepsy, incontinence, hernia, or recent abdominal surgery.

The Mental Health Support Team will provide an overview of the benefits and support available when a student discloses a mental health problem, followed by a Q&A and general discussion.

If you have any questions about the day, please contact

There is step-free access into the Edward Herbert Building (EHB) and lifts that will take you upstairs. For more information about the venue, including photographs, view the access guide for EHB on AccessAble.

You can find the full list of Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity events on the Student Services website.

Further wellbeing support for students

Students can access a variety of support including Togetherall, a 24/7 peer-to-peer and professional support service. The online platform has useful resources, courses and self-help programmes for a range of topics related to wellbeing including sleep, anxiety, and depression. Find out about the wellbeing support available at the University.

Further wellbeing support for staff

There are a variety of services available for University staff, all of which can be found on the Staff Wellbeing website. This includes the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), a confidential, unlimited support service which is available to access 24/7 via web and telephone.