Beating Stress the Library Way!

As today is National Stress Awareness Day, it’s a good time to remind you of the many ways the Library can help you to keep calm and carry on.

We offer a useful range of online advice sheets, covering everything from essay writing to revision skills – and stress busting!  We stock also stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4. To say nothing of the vast array of the latest fiction, biographies and graphic novels to help take your mind off your textbooks.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions! They also run, throughout the year, a series of Get the Know How sessions about practically every aspect of academic advice – sort of like our advice sheets, only with a friendly human face 🙂

Outside the Library, the University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

(Sadly Charlie the Cat isn’t available to borrow!)

Don’t Panic! Extra Exam Support on Campus

It’s that time of the year again! But don’t panic – there are a wide range of resources available on campus to help you through the stresses and strains of the exam period, ranging from a wide variety of study spaces (that’s right, not just us!), IT help and personal and medical advice if things are getting on top of you. Visit the University’s one-stop exam support page here – http://www.lboro.ac.uk/internal/news/2018/january/exam-support.html – for more info.

Don’t Panic! Exam Support on Campus

The Library may seem like hub of all exam activity on campus, but there are a variety of other study facilities and support hubs student can fall back on during the exam period. To that effect, the University have created a simple one-stop shop web site detailing all the study support and learning facilities available right now on campus, ranging from study spaces and computer labs to personal support should things start to get on top of you.

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/exam-support/

University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day

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On Wednesday 9th March Loughborough’s Student Union will bring you the annual University Mental Health and Wellbeing Day. From 11am to 4pm there will be a flurry of activities, interactive stalls and experiences for everyone to enjoy and participate in. Head down to the Piazza and Room One this Wednesday between 11am and 4pm to pick up your free ‘Heads Together’ goodie bag and support mental health.

The theme of the day Heads Together strives to promote a unified approach in all of our attitudes towards mental health. The free flowing atmosphere and flexible agenda of the day should enable people to make the most of the day.

In attendance will be representatives from local support services such as the Charnwood Mental Health Network, the Mental Health Association Heads Up as well as the Disability Support Network and other various University Support Teams.

Events throughout the day include a Mindfulness Tipi in Room One, Recovery Tree, Art Therapy Corner, live acoustic performances, spoken word, Nightline Chat and Chill to promote their new instant messaging service as well as a Self Help Selfie station, so go down and take a self help selfie and see your selfie be collage on the Self Help Selfie collage.

We’ll be running a Library stall down at the Union too, between 11am-3pm, extolling the virtues of our mood-boosting and leisure reading ranges and asking you to ‘leave a leaf’ on our very own library tree by telling us what your favourite book is.

You can also follow the National Mental Health and Wellbeing Day on Twitter with #HeadsTogether

Further Support During the Exam Period

banner-lboroThe University have compiled a helpful web page detailing all the resources available to students during the January exam period, covering the availability of study spaces and computer labs across campus (no, the Library isn’t the only place to study!) along with details and links to the many and various other means of academic and personal support you can receive from the University at this busy and stressful time.

Be sure to bookmark it for further reference – it’s available here:

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/students/exam-support/

Mental Health Awareness Week at the LSU

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The Student Union is participating in a local initiative to raise awareness of mental health this week – particularly relevant at this busy time of year for students!

The Charnwood Mental Health network, which is made up of organisations from across Charnwood, is supporting the campaign to encourage people to take time out of their daily routines to relax and help improve their wellbeing. The activities will take place from Monday, May 11th to Friday, May 15th. The full timetable of events is displayed above. Activities will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Don’t forget that the Library has a wide variety of different resources to help you cope with the stresses and strains of academic life, including an extensive range of self-help reading among our Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range on the shelves of our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

For more information on Mental Health Awareness Week visit http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/

Depression Awareness Week

ImageGenAs this week is Depression Awareness Week, and with the start of term and the exam season looming, we thought it was a good time to remind you of some of the ways we can help you through this potentially fraught time of the year.

We’ve prepared a range of useful study modules on Learn under the banner of Learning Central Online, ten units on a variety of topics which will help take the stress out of your work by enabling you to further enhance your information literacy and study skills and hopefully your degree classification. The skills you learn here can be used both in your studies and when you go out to work. We also offer a handy Stress help sheet, with helpful tips on how to minimise stress, which is free to download, and we stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

Depression Awareness Week is organised annually by the charity Depression Alliance, who have a wide range of helpful advice on their website here.

Don't Distress this Autumn – De-Stress!

NSAD-2013-Logo-300x240Today is National Stress Awareness Day, so what better time to remind you mind of the many ways the Library can help you at this tricky halfway stage through the first term of the year.

We’ve prepared a range of useful study modules on Learn under the banner of Learning Central Online, ten units on a variety of topics which will help take the stress out of your work by enabling you to further enhance your information literacy and study skills and hopefully your degree classification. The skills you learn here can be used both in your studies and when you go out to work. We also offer a handy Stress help sheet, with helpful tips on how to minimise stress, which is free to download, and we stock an extensive range of self-help reading among the Mood Boosting and Books on Prescription range among our Leisure Reading section up on Level 4.

And if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – ask your Academic Librarian! Not only are they specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, they’re also very friendly and just love being asked questions!

The University also provides specialist help with the mental rigours of academic life courtesy of the University Counselling Service, which offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their experienced staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.

National Stress Awareness Day raises awareness about stress, how to prevent it and how to manage it once it occurs. Their emphasis is on promoting psychological wellbeing of people at work so that they can perform at their peak. Further resources on beating stress can be found on their website.

Self-help, and Mood-boosting books now available!

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Eleanor Trigg, Mental Health Support Team; Carol Neath, Loughborough Public Library, Sharon Reid, University Library.

The University Library, University Mental Health Support Team and Loughborough Public Library have been working together to make available a wealth of new material. Reading Well Books on Prescription is a scheme providing self-help reading based on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety and depression. These titles can now be accessed from the University Library. Reference copies of most of the books in the scheme are located in the Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4. Take a look at this link for the range of titles available in the series. If you’d prefer to borrow a copy, multiple loanable copies are available from Leicestershire Public Libraries. Loughborough Public Library is located on Granby Street in the centre of town.

Alongside the Books on Prescription titles sit the aptly-named Reading Well Mood-boosting books, an intriguing range of uplifting novels, non-fiction and poetry. The Mood-boosting titles have all been recommended nationally by readers and reading groups. Why not come up and have a browse?

For further information about these schemes:

http://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/

If you enjoy reading and discussing books in a relaxed and cosy environment, come and join Club 790, the Student Book Club. Contact Sharon Reid at S.D.Reid@lboro.ac.uk or jump into the discussion via the Club’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Club790

Tell Us Your Novel Experiences for a Chance to Win a £25 Kindle Voucher!

treeTomorrow is University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day, and to mark the occasion there’s a day of fun-filled events happening down at the Student Union Building between 12-4pm.

We’ll be running a stand down there too, to promote our Leisure Reading collection and its new section of Mood-Boosting books (recognisible upstairs by their new shiny stickers!) and another section of ‘Books on Prescription’ (self help titles based on cognitive behavioural therapy), as well as our student book club, Club 790. To find us, just look for the tree! It’s not just any old tree, though – we’ll be asking you to name the book or novel that has done the most to lift your spirits or boost your mood, write down why and stick it on the tree (pictured just opposite). The most creative & inspiring response will receive a prize of a £25 Amazon Kindle voucher.

If that isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, then there’s bound to something else happening down at the SU that will, including a tasty Farmer’s Market by the fountain, a bouncy castle, a chance to learn some circus skills, and a wide programme of uplifting talks and advice sessions, all set to the soundtrack of live acoustic music. And the Vice Chancellor himself will be signing the Time to Change pledge on behalf of the University and the Students Union at 1pm. What more could you ask for to brighten your day?

The ultimate aim of University Mental Health & Wellbeing Day is to inspire people to think about and challenge the stigma which unfortunately still surrounds mental health issues. For further information about the day, take a peek at this poster. And to find out more about our new Mood-Boosting selection, visit this site by the Reading Agency which tells you more about the scheme.