Tomorrow 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.
As today is National Stress Awareness Day, and as we’re at that tricky halfway point in the first term where deadlines (and exams!) are looming, what better time to remind you of the many & various ways we can help you beat the dreaded ‘S’ word.
Here in the Library we have a wide range of books aimed at combatting stress and its causes. We’ve also prepared our own advice sheet offering helpful tips on how to minimise stress, and one of our Academic Practice modules, ‘Getting Organised’ is tailored towards helping you avoid stress by improving your study style.
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 via their website here.
(We also heartily recommend our own preferred method of stress-busting – settling down with a good book from our Leisure Reading Collection on Level 4!)
Today is National Stress Awareness Day, and while term only started just over a month ago, it’s never too early for this particular bug to strike – even at the best of times!
Fortunately the University is well equipped to help students deal with the strains of a busy academic life. The University Counselling Service offers a broad range of services ranging from one-to-one meetings with their helpful staff of fully trained counsellors, to online self-help resources and workshops tackling a variety of issues and topics including homesickness and meditation.
We try to do our bit in the Library too! We’ve prepared our own advice sheet offering helpful tips on how to minimise stress, and one of our Academic Practice modules, ‘Getting Organised’ is tailored towards helping you avoid stress by improving your study style.
And just as the old saying used to go “if you want to know the time, ask a policeman”, in the Library, if you’re getting stressed about finding information for your coursework, don’t panic – “ask an Academic Librarian!” They’re all specialists in the knowledge areas for your particular Schools, are very friendly and just love being asked questions!
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