Mental Health Awareness Week 14 – 20 May 2018

This year’s theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is stress. Research cited by the Mental Health Foundation has found over 16 million people experience mental health each year.

Stress is a problem that can affect us all, across all aspects of our life. Experiencing stress can make you feel drained and trigger anxiety and depression.

As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, the Health and Safety team are running a number of events across campus to raise awareness about mental health problems such as stress, and provide further information and activities to help tackle the issue.

There will be a Mental Health stand open throughout the three days based in Edward Herbert Building (EHB) Atrium. The stand will have information and guidance on mental wellbeing and support available, and there will also be green ribbon pins to buy for a small donation.   


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 a workout class that involves a variety of exercises paired with a football, which can be tailored to suit all levels.

There will be restricted numbers so please book your place by contacting Michelle Cunningham on 01509 228054 or emailing before Monday 14 May.

Dog petting

There will 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

Health and Safety Forum

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

At EHB, Head Fitness Instructor at Burleigh Springs Leisure Club, Stephen Lilley, will be on hand to talk about getting 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 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!


Staff and students are also 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.