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University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day 2019


This year, University Mental Health and Wellbeing day is on

Thursday 7th March 2019

The University of Warwick will be marking the occasion through holding various events and sessions throughout the day. This year’s University Mental Health Day is all about the power of using your voice.





Brief description

10 am - 2pm

It Takes Balls to Talk and Mind Bus

Library Road

It Takes Balls to Talk, and Coventry and Warwickshire Mind

‘It Takes Balls to Talk’ is a campaign which uses sporting themes to encourage people, particularly men, to talk about how they feel. Members of the It Takes Balls to Talk Team will be on campus and wishing to promote their campaign.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Mind Mental Health & Wellbeing Bus is a vehicle that they have converted into a modern, mobile wellbeing resource. It has a wealth of information about mental health and the support that’s available locally.


10 am – 4pm

Worldwide Wellbeing

Atrium, SU

Welfare and Campaigns Officer and SU staff

Not everyone’s understanding of the term ‘wellbeing’ is the same. For instance, the term ‘wellbeing’ doesn’t even exist in certain languages! The SU therefore invites students from across the world to let us know what ‘wellbeing’ means to you, in your country, culture or language – to ensure that students from across the globe feel welcomed by wellbeing services and events across campus.

10 am to 11 am

HeartMath- positive wellbeing and mental health techniques

Meeting Room 2, SU HQ

Dean Howes

HeartMath will help you to transform your stress into resilience, to achieve higher levels of performance and to live your life with more heart, health and happiness.

HeartMath is a system of simple and powerful self-regulation techniques which are easy to learn and designed to be used “in the moment”, whatever the situation, meaning that you can bring your best self to your personal, social and professional lives.


10.30am - 12pm

Your Voice, Your Story

Wolfson Research Exchange

Postgraduate Community Engagement Team

To coincide with Research Refresh, use your voice to share with the postgraduate community what keeps you motivated and happy outside of your studies, and what extracurricular hobbies you are passionate about!

This event is in the Wolfson Research Exchange and usually only accessible to PGR students, but if you are a PGT and would like to present, please email us at Please notify the team before attending. Your Voice, Your Story.

10 am – 12pm

Drop in drawing and doodling

Creative Learning Space – Warwick Arts Centre (opposite the Woods Scawen Room)

Warwick Arts Centre

Visit the Creative Learning Space in Warwick Arts Centre for a drop in drawing and doodling session. No need to have great drawing skills or previous doodling experience. We will provide you with pens, paper and calm environment to discover a great way to relax while being creative.


11am – 1pm

Managing Stress and Anxiety Workshop

Online registration

Wellbeing Support Team

The workshop is for students who have experienced stress or anxiety. If you want to learn more about stress and anxiety and explore ways to cope with it, come and join the managing stress and anxiety workshop.


11.20am - 1.30pm

Pop Up Table Tennis

Zeeman Building

Warwick Sport

Take a break from studying and de-stress with a fun game of table tennis with the Warwick Active and Table Tennis club.


12pm - 12.45 pm

Know Your Employment Rights- Equality Act 2010 and Mental Health

Meeting Room 2, SU HQ

Jemma Ansell

This is a session for all students either in employment or currently looking for a job, and want to know more about their employment rights concerning Mental Health. *IMPORTANT NOTICE* No direct advice will be provided in this session, it is purely an outlining of the Equality Act 2010.

12pm – 2pm

The Human Library

PG Hub,

Ground Floor, Senate House

University of Warwick Library and Community Engagement Team

The Human Library™ is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. The Human Library is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered. Our ‘human books’ cover the 10 pillars of diversity. These include: Religion, Ethnicity, Lifestyle, Occupation, Social Status, Health, Disabilities, Gender/ Sexuality, Ideology, Partner/victim.

If you want to find out more about the Human Library please you can do so by clicking the following link


2pm - 4pm


“Your Voice, Your Story”


Seminar Room,

Library Floor 2


Study Happy


All student voices are unique and this is an opportunity to reflect on their experience and add the snippets of “your story” to our interactive collage. We will also bring board games, crafts materials and refreshments – everything you need for a relaxing afternoon!


4.30pm - 6.00pm

Warwick Speak Out Focus Group

Meeting Room 2, SU HQ


Last year, Warwick SU and Warwick Anti-Racism Society (WARSoc) came together asking Warwick's students of colour to Speak Out about their experiences of racism. Lots of you told us about the impacts of racism on your mental health, so now we want you to Speak Out about race and mental health at Warwick.


5pm -7pm

Kate Winter Talk

S0.21 Social Sciences Building

Kate Winter and Sports Officer

Kate is a Personal Trainer and Yoga Teacher based in Brighton. She studied at Warwick University from 2003-2006 and remained in the area for ten years. During this time Kate battled with Anorexia Nervosa and OCD, and will share her story and how she now helps others in relation to sport, exercise, nutrition, body image and mental health more broadly. Kate will be joining us for a two hour seminar, where there will be opportunity to ask questions.


5.30pm - 6.15pm

No Kit, No Problem

Humanities Studio

Warwick Sport

Build resilience and release stress through a combination of low impact movement, body weight exercises and stretching all in the comfort of your own clothes.

Booking link

6pm – 8pm

Cheese and Chocolate Society Charity Buffet- in support of Mind


Ramphal Building

Cheese and Chocolate Society

This will be a relaxed buffet of…you guessed it…Cheese and Chocolate, with games and music. We encourage as many people to come as possible to donate.


For more information about pop up and rock up sports, visit the Sport Centre calendar


A bit about University Mental Health Day...

University Mental Health Day is an opportunity for staff and students to break the stigma of mental health. We all have mental health and this will fluctuate from day to day. Mental health exists on a continuum. We can promote good wellbeing with small steps in our day to day life.

University Mental Health & Wellbeing Website

What do YOU do for your own wellbeing?

We’ve all heard that eating five fruit and vegetables a day is good for your physical health. Did you know that there’s a “5-a-day for mental health"? Following extensive research, the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing Project identified 5 activities which promote mental wellbeing:

1: Connect… With the people around you. With family, friends and fellow students.

2: Be active… Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good.

3: 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.

4:Keep learning… Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Learn to play a musical instrument.

5: 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.

Before you say “I haven’t got the time”, consider that we all have the same number of hours in the day. Devoting time each day to activities which promote mental health and well-being can lead to improvements in:

  • your overall level of wellbeing
  • effective time management
  • meeting the demands of study and student life
  • your ability to fulfill your academic potential

It’s worth the investment!


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