Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to find out more about mental health issues, to think about our own mental health and how we can help each other.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness, and will take place from 18th – 24th May. The focus on kindness is a response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is having a big impact on people's mental health.

The Kindness Matters Guide

Research shows that kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity and that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The Kindness Matters Guide shows the positive impact helping others can have on your own mental health, including some tips and suggestions to inspire you.   

Fika: The Science of Kindness Masterclass

Fika is a "5 minute emotional workout app" designed to help you overcome nervousness, manage anxiety and beat stress by getting you better prepared to face whatever life throws at you.

This Thursday 21st May, the Fika App are hosting a masterclass for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek: The Science of Kindness with Dr Fran Longstaff.

Sign up with your university email for a mental fitness masterclass on the physical and psychological benefits of kindness.

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Action for Happiness’s Monthly Calendars are filled with actions you can take to help create a happier and kinder world – and are downloadable. Get started with Meaningful May to inspire you to keep calm, stay wise and be kind. 

10 Days of Happiness

10 Days of Happiness is a free 10-day online coaching program which guides you through daily actions for happier living.

Whether you're isolating at home or trying to live with the new restrictions, this program can help you cope and find a little more happiness in these difficult times.

Mental Health Arts Festival

The Mental Health Arts Festival have put together an online activity programme during May 2020, including live-streamed events, film screenings and artist commissions. The festival aims to support the arts and challenge ideas about mental health.

Be kind to yourself

This is a difficult and unsettling time for everyone but it’s important to be kind to yourself too. There are many things we can do to help support and manage our mental wellbeing; the Wellbeing Service have brought together a selection of some of the online resources available to help you stay connected, healthy and engaged

Join the conversation

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to connect with others and help reduce the stigma. Join the conversation using hashtags #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek and #KindnessMatters.

Support Services

All of our Support Services can be contacted via Advice Zone Online and queries will be responded to between the usual opening hours of 8.30am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Although we can no longer offer any face-to-face appointments or consultations, we are providing alternative arrangements.

Support for students who are experiencing mental or emotional distress is available from the University’s Mental Health and Counselling Services. 30 Minute Wellbeing Advice Telephone and Skype appointments are available and can be booked via Advice Zone Online. Please include your mobile number or Skype address in the notes section of the online booking form.

Useful Resources

Mental Health Foundation

Action for Happiness