World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. The theme of this years event is suicide and suicide prevention. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own lives and many more attempt to do so. It is the leading cause of death among young people in the UK aged 20-34. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.
Join in these events at the University of Westminster this Thursday and play your part.
Mental Health Graffiti Walls
Look out for our mental health graffiti walls around our campuses (Marylebone, Cavendish and Harrow) and add your own views on why mental health and wellbeing is important and how we can remove stigma around these issues.
A Practical Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness
David Morris Assistant Interfaith Adviser
Thursday 10 October 10am – 11am, Prayer Room G1.1, Harrow Campus.
In this session David Morris will give a guided introduction to a meditation technique. Staff and students are welcome. Learning to rest our awareness in the present moment through the practice of meditation can bring us into closer communication with the state of our emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing and may provide insights into what supports our mental health.
This session will serve as a good introduction to the eight-week programme of free weekly sessions that will be beginning across all campuses from Monday 14 October.
Compassion and Resilience
Dr Kathryn Waddington, School of Social Sciences, Nishat Begum, 3rd year Psychology student and Justin Haroun, Director of Centre for Resilience
Thursday 10 October 12.00pm – 2.00pm Cavendish House Room 1.14.
We are offering a unique opportunity for University of Westminster staff and students to listen to two of the University’s experts in the areas of wellbeing, compassion and resilience. These will be interactive sessions, encouraging reflection and introducing useful techniques.
Kathryn Waddington will focus on the theme of self-compassion and mental health, drawing on the work of Kristen Neff. She will be joined by Nishat Begum, who has been integrating Kristen Neff’s self-compassion resources in a project funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust.
Justin Haroun will lead a session on rapid resilience, providing an overview of techniques that have been successfully taught in a range of organisations, including Microsoft and the NHS, to help colleagues to develop resilience.
Both staff and students are welcome to attend these events.
Plant Potting Session
If you just need a break from everything then join the Environment Society and Psychology Society for a plant potting workshop and take home a lovely plant!
Thursday 10th October 1pm-4pm Cavendish Campus, Library Well-being Corner.
Further Information on World Mental Health Day
The NHS has launched its new platform Every Mind Matters. Go on their website to find out more and create Your Mind Plan designed to help you feel more in control, deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood and improve your sleep.
Also, don’t forget to check out ThriveLDN for more information about activities around London celebrating World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October.