With the nationwide University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day taking place on Wednesday 20 February 2013, there will be events and activities on campus all this week aimed at reducing stigma and promoting mental health and well-being.
Find out how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing by visiting the Students’ Union Atrium between 10am and 4pm on Wednesday. The Mental Health Team and the University Counselling Service will be on hand to offer wellbeing checks, and there will be salsa and hip hop taking place between 1 – 2pm.
Coventry Mind's mobile wellbeing resource bus, Journey, will be parked on the Piazza welcoming staff and students to find out more about the range of support that is available locally.
Warwick Psychology Society are hosting a variety of events and fascinating talks throughout the week, including movie screenings, talks from specialists on topics such as eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. There will also be campaigns, games and fundraising activities, and help and support groups from charities including MIND, Men Get Eating Disorders Too, OCD-UK and many more.
5-a-day for mental health
We’ve all heard that eating five fruit and vegetables a day is good for your physical health but did you know that there’s a 5-a-day for mental health? Following extensive research, the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project identified five activities which promote mental well-being:
- Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends and fellow students.
- Be active… Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good.
- Take notice… Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends.
- Keep learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Learn to play a musical instrument.
- Give… Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in.
What do you do for your mental health?
Students can also enter a national student photography competition to be in with a chance of winning £125 of Amazon vouchers. The competition is organised by Mental Wealth UK and the University Mental Health Advisers Network.
Sources of support
There are a range of support services available on campus if you have significant concerns for yourself or a fellow student or colleague: