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University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a university-wide priority and create ongoing year-round change to the future of student mental health.

This year University mental Health Day is on Thursday 9th March and our theme is KEEP LEARNING. Join us throughout the two weeks of Monday 27th February 2023 to Friday 10th March 2023 as we inspire conversations, take action and create change. Together we can get the nation talking about student mental health!

We will be holding events and activities that aim to encourage students and staff to raise awareness, highlight what support is available and help students to manage their wellbeing.

Information about mental wellbeing including tips and support can be found here.


University Mental Health Day - get involved...


Competition time throughout March!

To celebrate University Mental Health Day 2023 we are running two competitions with prizes to be won!

Learn - tell us about something new you have learnt in the last 12 months. It could be a new skill, hobby or activity. 

Enter here

Recipe - found a delicious new recipe that wouldn't look out of place in a cook book? Include an image of your food and let us know the ingredients and method to be in with a chance of winning a restaurant voucher for two.

Enter here

Both competitions are open throughout March, just make sure you have submitted your entry and emailed with your details before Friday 31st March. Winners will be contacted separately.

Spotlight event, Tuesday 7th March

Join us in Portland Building on Tuesday 7th March 11am - 2pm where we will be running a host of activities to support your health and wellbeing. Activities include:

  • Drop in shower steamer workshop run by The Soap Loaf company. Limited spaces available!
  • Drumming circle provided by The Powers of Drums 12pm - 2pm.
  • Sports challenges and stretching sessions run by our very own UoN Sports staff.
  • Free crafting including jewellery making, adult colouring and canvas painting and rock decorating.

Support and information will be available throughout the day from University services and services from around Nottingham. You will find a free cup of tea or coffee in the Welcome Zone. 

Togetherall webinar, Wednesday 8th March



As a student at University of Nottingham, we understand the unique stressors you face as a student and want you to be aware you have free, 24/7 mental health and wellbeing support at the tip of your fingers, via Togetherall.

Togetherall is access to an anonymous, online community to make connections and speak freely with others about your worries with access a hub of wellbeing resources to help cope and manage.

Togetherall are hosting a webinar session on Wednesday 8th March 3pm - 4pm, for you to learn more about this support mechanism and how this can help support you with your wellbeing.

Sign up here


Take a look at all the events happening throughout the week 

Friday 24th February

Time Event information Location

9am - 1pm

School of Humanities Wellbeing Café and good bags 

Offering a mix of mindful activities, including crafting and board games, and opportunities to connect with others. They are designed to support emotional wellbeing, and combat feelings of loneliness. Refreshments will be included, and goody bags will also be available, where you can design and fill up your own bags! 

We will also be displaying a ‘History of Mental Health’ poster board created by a Humanities student and available to view until 10 March. 

Open to all Humanities students - just turn up! 

Humanities A27/The Atrium, University Park 

10am - 4pm

English/CLAS Interactive Wellbeing Games and Goody Bags

A mixture of mindful activities designed to improve your mental health, emotional wellbeing, and combat feelings of loneliness. Goody bags will also be available where you can design and fill up your own bags to take home! 

There will also be a range of board games to enable you to connect with others. 

Open to all students from the Faculty of Arts - just turn up.

A90 (English/CLAS common room), University Park  


Tuesday 28th February

Time Event information Location

10am - 2pm

Beneficial effect of exercise on mental health and wellbeing

Please come and join us to row 250m as part of a group effort to see how far we can travel together. Release endorphin's to aid your mental wellbeing and learn about the positive benefits of exercise on mental health. 

In addition to this positive boost, you will be entered for the chance to win an amazon voucher. It doesn't matter if you are the fastest or the fittest - all participants will be in with a chance to win. 

Open to all students from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science- drop in.

Vet school Atrium, SB Campus 


Wednesday 1st March

Time Event information Location

9:30am - 4:30pm

Prayer Pathway

Come and make use of our self-directed prayer pathway; a quiet place for reflection and contemplation as you take your time to move along a path of prompts that encourage you to look deeper into your journey with God.

Support available from the chaplaincy at any time. 

Open to all students - just turn up!

Multi-faith Prayer Room, A-floor, Portland Building, UP

11am - 1pm

Join the libraries team to study with us online

What can you do in 25 minutes? Plan an essay? Revise a set of flashcards? Find out how you can be productive in 25 minute chunks. 

We use the Pomodoro technique to help you break down your work into manageable intervals. Just bring along some reading or writing to work on.

Open to all students - sign up on the events page here.


1:30pm - 3pm

 Promoting Mindfulness with a guest speaker

We will have guest speaker from the Nottingham Centre for Mindfulness. They will be discussing 'How to Promote Mindfulness' including: 

-What is mindfulness 

-Different types of mindfulness 

-Who would and wouldn't benefit from mindfulness,  

-Career paths and Q&A 

Our event focuses on the positive aspects of self-care and may appeal to the interests of our Psychology students. 

Open to all Psychology students - just turn up.

A22, School of Psychology University Park  

1pm - 3pm

Natural Sciences Craft Cafe

Join us for a relaxing afternoon of mindful crafts, games and puzzles. 

Help us decorate our wellbeing board with suggestions of how to take care of your mental health at University.

The board will then be on display so these suggestions can be shared with other students. Refreshments will be provided.  

Open to all students from the Faculty of Science - sign up here.

A15, Pope Building, University Park

3:30pm - 5pm

 Pharmacy Wellbeing Cafe

An opportunity for students to relax have a cuppa/cake and chat to other students. There will be puzzles, games, mindful colouring and the chance to just relax.  

Open to all Pharmacy students - sign up here.

Room A03, George Green Library, University Park

12:30pm - 2pm

Live Well and Be Well 

We will have a visit from ‘Buttons’ our School’s therapy dog during this interactive event to raise awareness of the wellbeing benefits of human-companion animal interactions.

In addition, we will have stress relief music as a background, and we will provide board games to play with friends or you can sit and chill with a jigsaw. 

Open to all Computer Science students - just turn up!  

The Atrium, School of Computer Science, Jubilee

Thursday 2nd March

Time Event information Location

1pm - 3pm

Conversation Cafe - "A More Mentally Healthy Campus"

The Chaplaincy would love to invite you to come and experience our Conversation Café lunchtime event – a guided (and open-ended) discussion around the topic of ‘a more mentally healthy campus’. 

Everyone is welcome and lunch will be included.

Open to all students - sign up here.

A29, Oasis, Portland Building, UP

Friday 3rd March

Time Event Information Location

12pm - 2pm

Vet Society Wellbeing Cafe 

An opportunity for students to chat and relax with some games, puzzles and refreshments.  

Open to all students - just turn up! 

Vet School Atrium, SB Camp

12pm - 4pm

Chaplaincy Crafternoon

Join Jo for some origami to relax your mind at the end of the week. Origami is the art of paper folding, and has been used for decoration and recreation for hundreds of years. Instructions and everything you need, as well as tea, coffee and snacks are provided so come along and give it a go!

Open to all students - just turn up!

A29, Oasis, Portland Building, UP

1pm - 2pm

Study Chat: Academic resilience

The libraries team are offering a session around Academic Resilience. Learn strategies to help you become a more resilient student by developing a growth mindset, learning from your mistakes, and bouncing back from any setbacks.

Open to all students - sign up on the events page here.



Monday 6th March

Time Event Information Location

12pm - 1:30pm

Live Well and Be Well 

Come along and help yourself to home baked brain-shaped cookies together with herbal tea. In addition, we will have stress relief music as a background, and we will provide board games to play with friends or you can sit and chill with a jigsaw.  

Open to all Computer Science students - just turn up!   

The Atrium, School of Computer Science, Jubilee


Tuesday 7th March

Time Event information Location

10am - 12pm

Support & Wellbeing at Derby Hospital  

Come and join your local support and wellbeing team this University Mental Health Day. There will be fun activities to enjoy a pause away from your studies, freebies up for grabs and information and resources on how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing - plus your lovely local support & wellbeing team will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns, or for you to just pop by and say hello.   

Open to all students from Medicine, Health Sciences and Life Sciences - just turn up! 

Student Common Room (near the Student Service Centre), Derby Medical School 

11am - 2pm

HealthyU University Park Wellbeing Fair 

Come along to our wellbeing fair where you will find activities, information and support. We'll be offering crafts to take home, UoN Sport challenges, a shower steamer workshop, drumming circle run by the Power of Drums and refreshments. 

Services you can speak with on the day include Insight Talking Therapies, UoN Counselling, Nottingham Recovery Network, Al-Hurraya, Nottingham Nightline, SU Advice and others.  

Open to all students - just turn up!

C-floor, Portland Building, University Park

12pm - 1:30pm

Business School Wellbeing Cafe

Mindful activities, resources packs set up in a communal area with drinks and snacks available with all S&W staff supporting. ESE staff from each school will also be invited.

Open to all students - just turn up!

The Exchange Building, Jubilee Campus


Wednesday 8th March

TimeEvent informationLocation

1pm - 3pm

STEM PGT Board Games Afternoon   

Join other PGT students in the Faculties of Science and Engineering for an afternoon of board games, jigsaws and pizza. As well as other students from across both faculties, we'll also have staff from a range of support services on hand to answer questions and point you in the right direction for any support you might need.  

Open to PGT students from the Faculty of Science and Engineering - sign up here

C01 Coates Building (PGT Hub), University Park

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Aligning Your Values with Your Career  

A session that will give you opportunity to reflect on your values and what makes you tick when thinking of entering the workplace. Do the values you live by resonate with what you want to do in your career.  

Open to all students - booking link is here

D37, Portland Building, University Park 


Thursday 9th March

Time Event informationLocation

12pm - 2pm

Learning My Way 

Including free refreshments, games and activities. There will be prizes to win on ‘Play your cards right’, make your own sensory bags, plant potting, and share your resolutions/intentions for this year at university. We will also have information and resources on sleep, healthy eating and living and support available at the university. 

 Open to all students - just turn up!

The Hive Bar, The Barn, Sutton Bonington 

10am - 12pm

Alleviate Career Fear - Drop in with a Careers Adviser 

Often the thought of entering the workplace or the societal pressures of having you whole career planned out can have negative effects on your mental health. So why not come and talk to a careers adviser about your fears or thoughts on your future. You can have a complete plan or no idea on what you want to do, we are here to help alleviate your fears by lending our ears.

Open to all students - let us know you are coming here.

D37, Portland Building, University Park 

11am - 2:30pm

Chemistry and Physics Community Crafting & Wellbeing Event 

Join us for Spring themed crafting activities and seasonal events in the Physics garden. Refreshments will be provided. 

 Open to all students - just turn up!

Chemistry Foyer & Physics Garden, University Park 

12pm - 2pm

Wellbeing Cafe - run by the School of Politics and International Relations

Join the School of Politics and International Relations and members of the local Support and Wellbeing team for an afternoon of fun and games in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. We will have card games, group games, puzzles, therapeutic colouring activities alongside tea and biscuits. A relaxed space for all in the Law and Social Sciences atrium, open to all students in the Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Open to all students in the Faculty of Social Sciences - just turn up!

Atrium, Law and Social Sciences Building, University Park 

9:30am - 12:30pm

Science UMHD Fair 

We will be hosting a small wellbeing fair based on the 5 ways of wellbeing, providing activities and information for students to focus on their mental health and wellbeing.  

Active- we will be creating some science themed puzzles (word searches etc) and having some information about David Ross available for students- mind and body active.   

Connect- area of refreshments and some board games for students to do.  

Give- “give a plant a home” with some plant potting activities. 

Learning- we were thinking of having our usually crafting (paint rocks, colouring etc)  

Notice- is where we will have all our MH information leaflets, stress balls etc 

Open to all students from the Faculty of Science - just turn up!

Room A04 George Green Library, University Park 

10am – 12:30pm & 1:30pm - 4pm 

Self-care and Cherry Tree Lodge

Self-care is an important way to take care of ourselves and to prioritise our own needs. For many of us this isn't something that we are used to doing, but it is never too late to learn to take a little time out to relax and de-stress. Come along to Cherry Tree Lodge to make up a mini self-care pack to start you off on your self-care journey. 

Open to all students - drop in

Cherry Tree Lodge, University Park

11am - 1pm

University Mental Health Day at QMC

Come and join your local support and wellbeing team this University Mental Health Day. There will be fun activities to enjoy a pause away from your studies, freebies up for grabs and information and resources on how to take care of your mental health and wellbeing - plus your lovely local support & wellbeing team will be on hand to answer any questions or concerns, or just to pop by and say hello. 

Open to all students in the Schools of Medicine, Health Sciences and Life Sciences - just turn up

Medical School Foyer, B Floor, Medical School, QMC Campus 

11am - 12:30pm

Mind Matters PGR Wellbeing session and refreshments 

This is a PGR specific wellbeing session covering some common themes that a post graduate researcher may experience during their PhD research such as isolation, loss of motivation and Imposter Syndrome and looking at ways to develop a good work-life balance with a focus on wellbeing and self-care. The session is run by Alice Haslam and Sandra Rose who are PGR Welfare and EDI Officers. This will be followed by coffee and cake and wellbeing activities including Lego activities. 

Open to all PGR's - sign up here

Graduate Centre, The Barn, Sutton Bonington 

11am - 9pm

Just Play for University Mental Health Day 

In celebration of University Mental Health Day, UoN Sport will be making all Just Play sessions FREE for Thursday 9th March 2023! Just Play is non-competitive, social and open to all abilities and experience - so come and try a new sport, re-discover an old hobby or develop your skills with one of our friendly session leaders! 

 Open to all students - Book in person or online here

David Ross Sports Village & Jubilee Sports Centre  

2pm - 4pm

Library Refuel Drop-in session

Enjoy a free cup of coffee or tea and a cookie on us! We'll be hosting Library Refuel Drop-in session in every library, offering a space where you can relax, study alongside other students and ask library staff any questions you might have about our services. All whilst enjoying some free snacks and drinks to keep you going!

You can also pick up a goodie bag from any library site throughout the day. These will include pens, highlighters, tea bags, fresh fruit, build-a-bookmark kits useful information leaflets and more...

Open to all students - sign up on the events page here.

 All libraries

1pm - 3pm

Mathematical Sciences Wellbeing Cafe with Crafts 

Opportunity to grab some refreshments, resources and have a chat. You can also take part in mindful activities such as adult colouring, a mind apple tree and paper crafts.   

Open to all Mathematical Science students - sign up here.

Mathematical Sciences Atrium, University Park


Tuesday 14th March

TimeEvent informationLocation

1pm - 3pm

Geography Crafting Café 

Join us for some relaxing wellbeing activities that will include decorating stones and tealight holders, beading, friendship bracelets and airdry clay modelling. 

Open to all Geography students - sign up here

Sir Clive Granger Building, Edwards Resource Centre, University Park 


All week

Event informationLocation

Oasis Drop-in

Need a break from the demands of studies, assignment dates and over-stretched brains? Or need to talk to someone about something that’s bothering you? Or perhaps you’d just appreciate a friendly face and a chat over a cup of coffee. Whatever the case, drop in to Oasis (Portland, A29) and we’ll be glad to connect with you!

Open to all students of any faith or no faith. 

A29, Portland Building, UP
For more information about any of these events, email the HealthyU team

Student Life

The University has a range of services to support your welfare, health and wellbeing throughout your studies. You can seek advice about any issue affecting your study and University experience. We will be here to listen, help and can support you in accessing other specialist services you might need.

Disability Support Services

It's not too late to get support. If you haven't done so already, please tell Disability Support Services about your disability, mental health difficulty, long-term medical condition, autistic spectrum condition, or a specific learning difference such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia or ADHD. 

Register with a GP

It’s important to register with a GP (sometimes called family doctor) as soon as possible when you arrive at university.

Cripps Health Centre is conveniently situated on University Park and specialises in looking after students and staff as well as their families. 

If you do not live in the catchment area for Cripps (check here), you can visit the NHS Choices site to find your local health centre.

If you live in the Sutton Bonington area you may be able to register at the Orchard Practice in Kegworth.


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