Wellbeing/Mental Health Week at the Guild tends to occur in January as it stereotypically the lowest month of the year, especially as it includes the most depressing day of the year, Blue Monday. This year I, Katie, VP Welfare and Diversity, organised Mental Health and Wellbeing for January 27th-31st and focused it on Mind's 'Five Ways To Wellbeing' which are connecting, taking notice, being active, learning and giving. There were lots of activities organised throughout the week, both by myself, societies and University services to encourage positive wellbeing.
This is what occurred during the week:
Monday's theme was connecting, whether this was connecting with yourself or others around you.
There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.
- VP Postgraduate, Sunday Blake and VP Postgraduate Research, Virgina Thomas hosted a Postgrad Brew and Bond.
- The Mature Students Society hosted a coffee and chat session.
- Mind Your Head Society hosted a lunch at the Grove.
- The career zone offered an interview de-stress webinar and a time and stress management workshop.
- The Knitting Society and the Art Society held open sessions.
- The Meditation Society hosted a connection and connectivity meditation society for all.
- The Eating Difficulties Peer Support Group hosted a session.
Tuesday theme was taking noticing. Taking notice of yourself, others as well as the space around you. Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.
Mindfulness Colouring and lego was offered throughout all Guild spaces for those to enjoy and take a break from work.
Ted the Dog came in to give students a visit.
Free Massage slots went down a treat.