University Mental Health Day

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University Mental Health Day is an annual event to raise awareness of mental health in higher education. This year it takes place on Thursday 5 March and, to celebrate, we will be hosting over a week's worth of events.

This year's theme is all about random acts of kindness, and how doing kind things for other people can help their mental health as well as your own. Join us in being kind to one and other and change the face of mental health at the University of Nottingham.

 

University Mental Health Day events
DateDescriptionLocation
Throughout March

Hall events

Across March all halls are getting involved with University Mental Health Day by putting on events to help residents relax and have some fun!

Have a chat with your Hall Committee to see what is happening and look out on social media as details will be announced soon.

We currently have Oreo & Friends visiting (fancy cuddling a meerkat?), free massages & spa sessions, treat giveaways, movie nights, Kitty Café trip and so much more!

On and off-campus halls
Monday 2 March

Student Service Centre stall event - Royal Derby Hospital

The Support and Wellbeing Team will deliver events in student service centres around the theme of random acts of kindness. Activities include:

  • Thank you/encouraging cards to be offered to students to give to others
  • Wall of Kindness: Positive messages written by students for others
  • Complement coasters: Coasters that can be written on to provide complements and pictures to others
  • MindappleTree/Bowl of kindness cards: Give and receive a positive message, either using themindappletrees or bowls
  • Tree treat/fruit: To be given by students to others

The team will also be around to help to connect students together and promote discussions around mental health and help any student that may be in need of support.

Royal Derby Hospital -School of Medicine/School of Health Sciences
Tuesday 3 March

Student Service Centre stall event - City Hospital

The Support and Wellbeing Team will deliver events in student service centres around the theme of random acts of kindness. Activities include:

  • Thank you/encouraging cards to be offered to students to give to others
  • Wall of Kindness: Positive messages written by students for others
  • Complement coasters: Coasters that can be written on to provide complements and pictures to others
  • MindappleTree/Bowl of kindness cards: Give and receive a positive message, either using themindappletrees or bowls
  • Tree treat/fruit: To be given by students to others

The team will also be around to help to connect students together and promote discussions around mental health and help any student that may be in need of support.

City Hosptial -Clinical Sciences Building
Wednesday 4 March, 1 - 3pm

Wellbeing Cafe: Jubilee Campus

Student Services host a monthly free café where you can take a break from your studies, have a hot drink and a snack and have the opportunity to chat informally with the Support and Wellbeing team and volunteers from the Jubilee Student Services Team.

We particularly welcome you if you are feeling lonely, low or just having a bad week. We welcome volunteers and collaborators and we are a fully inclusive and non judgmental environment for students who are anxious or struggling. We are happy to give advice on general topics like managing exam stress, and to share our local knowledge, but if you just want to come and grab a drink and go, that’s also fine.

1pm - 3pm

Jubilee Campus, Jubilee Exchange Foyer
Thursday 5 March

Felt making workshop

Come and make a small gift for you or some else in our free felt making workshop.

Workshops available are:

  • 10-11am
  • 11.30am-12.30pm
  • 2-3pm

Available to staff and students

Places are limited so please book on by emailing:                                                    br-welfarecoord@nottingham.ac.uk

University Park

Thursday 5 March, 2 - 3pm

Changes and Challenges (Building Resilience)

We all face challenging situations from time to time. Increasing your capacity to deal with adversity will help you at university and beyond. This workshop is designed to build on your existing resources and look at strategies for boosting your resilience.

Please register on the workshop by opening the link below and completing the details.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/changes-and-challenges-building-resilience-workshop-tickets-84028821467

University Park, 2 - 3pm

University Park
Thursday 5 March, 11am - 2pm

Maps and Minds

An opportunity to explore maps. Just turn up.

Maps can symbolise our journey through life and exploring maps that represent special places can help us to connect with memories that support our health and wellbeing.

Come and meet with staff who can help you find those maps that have meaning for you.

There will also be an opportunity for you to mark on a map to show where you have experienced or carried out a random act of kindness.

11am - 2pm

School of Geography, Map Collection (ERC) LG1, Sir Clive Granger Building, University Park
Thursday 5 March

Student Service Centres stall event

The Support and Wellbeing Team will deliver events in student service centres around the theme of random acts of kindness. Activities include:

  • Thank you/encouraging cards to be offered to students to give to others
  • Wall of Kindness: Positive messages written by students for others
  • Complement coasters: Coasters that can be written on to provide complements and pictures to others
  • Mindapple Tree/Bowl of kindness cards: Give and receive a positive message, either using the mindapple trees or bowls
  • Tree treat/fruit: To be given by students to others

The team will also be around to help to connect students together and promote discussions around mental health and help any student that may be in need of support.

Student Service Centre stall locations:

  • University Park Central
  • University Park East
  • University Park West
  • Queens Medical Centre
  • Jubilee campus
  • Sutton Bonington Campus
Service Centres
Thursday 5 March

The Guild - Sutton Bonington

Make sure you keep your eyes open when walking around the Sutton Bonington Campus on Thursday 5 March!

The Guild are running a giveaway style competition where tokens are hidden around campus that have a message relating to University Mental Health Day. If you find a token, take it to the guild office and you will receive a wellness gift.

The Guild will also have stones or, 'Positivity Pebbles' for you to decorate and place around campus with the idea that someone will discover your stone and spread positivityand kindness across campus.

The Guild and around the Sutton Bonington Campus
Thursday 5 March

Build Your Own Self Soothing Kit : Cripps Health Centre 

The Mental Health Advisory Service wants to give students the opportunity to engage in this year’s random act of kindness theme by preparing a self-soothing kit, either for themselves or a friend. Set up in the downstairs reception area of Cripps Health Centre we ask students to select items that take their fancy and head to the breakout space for a cup of tea, a space to engage with others and write an anonymised message of encouragement for another student. Once you have written a message of encouragement you will be gifted one already prepared by someone else to add to your self-soothing kit. From Playdough to feel good playlist suggestions everything will be laid out on a first come first served basis so please come down and spread the word.

From 10am

Cripps Health Centre, ground floor and the Mezzanie waiting area (1st floor)
Thursday 5 March, 11am - 2pm

Stall event

Drop by C floor in the Portland Building for information on looking after your mental health. This is an opportunity to talk to University welfare, Chaplaincy, SU Wellbeing, Library and Sports staff, student run groups and external services all specialising in mental health.

Featuring free hot drinks and biscuits and a break-out space to enjoy some mindfulness colouring.

11am - 2pm

C floor Portland (near the Atrium), University Park
Thursday 5 - Thurday 12 March

University Mental Health Day in Libraries

Mystery Book Swap from 5 - 12 March

Libraries will be hosting a mystery book swap on Thursday 5 March to support both University Mental Health Day and World Book Day.

If you'd like to join us in this re-gifting of your favourite, cherished or recommended reads, here's what to do:

  1. Wrap your book and add a tag with a short message explaining why you have chosen to pass your book along. It'd be lovely to hear what you liked about the book, whether it was the characters or plot line that captured your imagination. It's probably best to say what kind of book it is, we don't want any romanticists ended up with a thriller on Random Acts of Kindness Day!
  2. Leave your book at the reception desk of a Library or with a member of library staff between 5 - 12 March
  3. Share your Mystery Book on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @uonlibraries

If your books are too precious to give away, why not come and pick up a book someone else has left? Or do a swap with someone close to you who is guaranteed to share your reading enthusiasm.

Mind Apple Trees

James Cameron-Gifford Library and the Business Library will have Mind Apple trees for library users to leave kindness notes and messages to each other.

Pop in and write something nice to cheer up someone’s day.

Student Academic Skills pop-up in Portland

Join the Student Academic Skills team at the Portland Building fair on 5 March. Pop in and pick up some advice on how to improve your study skills, including time management and academic writing.

Libraries across all campuses
Friday 6 March

Welfare Network Comedy Night with Dave Chawner

The Student's Union Welfare Network are holding a Comedy Night with the comedian Dave Chawner 7:00pm - 9:00pm The Studio The event is free but we will be taking donations!

 The Studio, Portland Building, University Park
Wednesday 11 March

Sleep Better

If a lack of sleep is stopping you from getting the most out of student life, come along to this workshop to find out how you could change this.We can’t promise a quick fix, but hopefully with planning and commitment you will see significant improvements.

This workshop will be held at the Sutton Bonington Campus

Please register on the workshop by opening the link below and completing the details.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sleep-better-workshop-tickets-84604350891

Sutton Bonington, 2pm - 3pm

Sutton Bonington
Thursday 12 March

Wellbeing Cafe

Want to make some newfriends? Come along to our monthly Wellbeing Cafés. Run byMyles – your Equal Opportunities and Welfare Officer – andthe Welfare Network, they’re your chance to relax, refreshand recharge. Play games, get stuck into some puzzles andtackle origami – a great way to practise mindfulness!

6.30pm - 8.30pm

Portland Coffee Co., Portland Building, University Park.
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