Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Week 2019

Sussex Wellbeing Week will take place between Thursday 7th and Wednesday 13th March 2019. The week is a partnership between the University and Students' Union and designed to raise awareness of wellbeing issues, empower you to look after your own wellbeing, and give you vital information about where to find advice and support. All Wellbeing Week events are free, unless advertised.

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Thursday 7th March - University Mental Health Day

#UniversityChallenges Mental Health Campaign

#UniversityChallenges is a brand new University of Sussex mental health campaign, which we're announcing today, on University Mental Health Day!

Have you overcome challenges to your mental health and wellbeing? Do you have a story about how you’ve made the most of university life? Have you faced “failure” and come out of the other side?

We’re looking for members of the Sussex community to share their stories of how they’ve dealt with the ups and downs of university life, as part of a mental health campaign here at Sussex. Find out more.

10.30am-12.00pm - Doggy De-stress - Meeting House

Got those deadline woes? What better way to de-stress yourselves than by a visit from the wonderful dogs at Canine Concern?! This session is a drop-in so there's no need to book - just turn up. There will be the opportunity to make an optional donation to Canine Concern if you would like to.

11.45am-1.45pm - "Winning with Failure" Workshop - sign up for the workshop to receive details of location

In this workshop we look at mindset around success and failure and how we can choose thoughts, feeling and actions that benefit us most. With creative, fun and thoughtful activities, we explore our thoughts and self-image to deepen understanding of how we can develop resilience to failure. The workshop offers practical skills for everyday life and supports wellbeing.

12.00pm-2.00pm - Uni Mental Health Day Wellbeing Tree - Falmer House Reception

The theme of this year's University Mental Health Day is Use Your Voice. Come along to the reception of Falmer House to grab yourself some free tea and biscuits, and hang a leaf on our Wellbeing Tree to share your thoughts on what we could do to support students' mental and emotional health and wellbeing at Sussex. 

12.00pm-2.00pm - Sexual Health Screening - Falmer House Reception

The NHS Chlamydia Screening Team will be on campus, giving out free Chlamydia and Gonnorrhoea self-testing kits. It's a simple, free and confidential test; you go to the toilet and carry out the test yourself, then hand it back in to the team. You'll receive a text in 1-2 weeks with your results - easy! Find out more

12.10pm-12.50pm - Wellbeing run with Melanie and Henry the dog - meet at the Sports Centre

This run is aimed to help you unwind from university stresses and enjoy the outdoors with Mel and her dog Henry. This is for all abilities and anyone who just fancies seeing Henry the Labrador and playing with him.

1.00-2.00pm - X-Card Sexual Health Drop-in - Student Life Centre 

Come to an X-Card drop-in and register for an X-Card - then use it to pick up free condoms on campus. Drop-ins are free, confidential and run by trained student volunteers. Find out more.

1.00pm-3.30pm - Live Podcast Episode: Mental Health and the Doctorate - Jane Attenborough Studio, ACCA

All current Sussex doctoral researchers are invited to attend a live podcast episode on the theme of mental health. The event is funded by the U-DOC project and will be hosted by Planet PhD Podcast. Find out more.

2.00pm-3.00pm - Wellbeing run with Melanie and Henry the dog - meet at the Sports Centre

This run is aimed to help you unwind from university stresses and enjoy the outdoors with Mel and her dog Henry. This is for all abilities and anyone who just fancies seeing Henry the Labrador and playing with him.

3.45-5.00pm - Giving presentations: Becoming a Confident Speaker (for Undergraduates)sign up for the workshop to receive details of location

Come along to this workshop, delivered by the Careers and Employability Centre, to develop your presentation skills by becoming a more confident speaker.

 

Friday 8th March - International Women's Day

10.00am-4.00pm - Pony and Doggy De-stress - ACCA Lawns

Join the University of Sussex Equestrian Sports Club and Dog Walking Society, in collaboration with Active US, in Library Square to meet some horses, ponies and dogs! Find out more.

11.00am-11.30am - At-desk-yoga (for doctoral researchers) - Reseach Hive (Library 2nd Floor)

Join this 30-minute session in the Research Hive, to get moving while at your desk!

11.30am-12.00pm- At-desk-yoga (for doctoral researchers)

Sorry, this event has been cancelled

12.00pm-1.30pm - Dog Walk - ACCA Lawns

Join DogSoc for a free stroll with their dogs! Find out more.

12.30pm-2.30pm - The Art of Giving - Falmer House Common Room

Join the Wellbeing Volunteers for this International Women's Day themed card-making session. Chill out with a free tea or coffee while you get crafty and create a handmade card to give to a wonderful woman in your life!

1.00pm-1.30pm - Mindfulness - Meeting House 

Mindfulness is a simple form of guided meditation which helps you become more aware of the present moment. Though it has roots in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is all inclusive and not tied in to any religion. Mindfulness can help us stand back from our thoughts and learn to recognise when they are taking over. Because of this, it’s recommended by medical professionals as a way to improve mental health.

1.00pm-2.00pm - X-Card Sexual Health Drop-in - Student Wellbeing Office (next to the pharmacy) 

Come to an X-Card drop-in and register for an X-Card - then use it to pick up free condoms on campus. Drop-ins are free, confidential and run by trained student volunteers. Find out more.

4.00pm-6.00pm - Uni Boob Dodgeball - Sports Centre

Active US have teamed up with Sussex Uni Boob team and Sussex Dodge to bring you Boob Dodgeball, a one off event for Wellbeing Week. Entry is £1 per person, to raise money for CoppaFeel! There will also be raffle on the day. Find out more.

8.10pm-9.00pm - UV Yogasign up online

More details coming soon! This event costs £1.

9.00pm-9.50pm - UV Yogasign up online

More details coming soon! This event costs £1.

 

Saturday 9th March

10.00am-5.00pm - Brighton International Women’s Day celebrations - locations within the city

Brighton Dome, Brighton Women’s Centre and Brighton Museum join forces to present their annual celebration of International Women’s Day. Find out more.

11.00am-2.00pm - Families study and play session - Falmer House Common Room

Falmer House hosts a chilled out session for student parents to crack on with some work (with games and cartoons so the kids can have fun too!)

11.00am-2.00pm - Boxset Brunch: Tidying Up with Marie Kondo  - Room 76

Zen out in Room 76 with a screening of Netlix sensation Marie Kondo's series on decluttering your way to sparking joy!

12.00pm-3.00pm - Wellbeing Week Walk - Route TBA

Take a stroll with Walking & Hiking Society! This route will be suitable for beginners with easy terrain throughout. Take a look at the society mini-site for exact route details as this will be weather dependent

6.10pm-7.30pm - UV Musical Dance Class - sign up online

More details coming soon! This event costs £1.

 

Sunday 10th March

12.00pm-4.00pm - Mens and Mixed Basketball World Cup - book online

Come and join in our celebration of different cultures and countries by taking part in our annual Basketball World Cup. This event is perfect to play some friendly competitive basketball with your friends. Come as any nation and dress in their colours. £6 per tem (3-5 people). Find out more.

2.30pm-4.00pm - Squash - Sports Centre

Free Active US sessions in the sports centre for the day. These sessions are for every ability and you don’t need to bring anything other than your student card to the session!

4.00pm-5.00pm - Badminton - Sports Centre

Free Active US sessions in the sports centre for the day. These sessions are for every ability and you don’t need to bring anything other than your student card to the session!

6.00pm-8.00pm - Netball - Sports Centre 

Free Active US sessions in the sports centre for the day. These sessions are for every ability and you don’t need to bring anything other than your student card to the session!

 

Monday 11th March

11.00am onwards - Crafty Coffee Morning (for doctoral researchers) - Research Hive (Library 2nd Floor)

Bring your own project or learn a new craft. We’ll have supplies, coffee and chat. Sign up here.

12.00pm-4.00pm - Caravan Theatre - Outside Bramber House (at the bottom of the steps to the Jubilee building)

Join Caravan Theatre on campus on 11th and 12th March 2019 and watch their 10 minute play...inside the caravan! They will be performing The Time of Your Life between 12 and 4pm. The Time of Your Life concentrates on raising awareness of mental health issues. It follows Alex as he battles with stigmas around mental health problems at the same time as trying to identify his own issues.   

1.00-1.30pm - Mindfulness - Meeting House 

Mindfulness is a simple form of guided meditation which helps you become more aware of the present moment. Though it has roots in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is all inclusive and not tied in to any religion. Mindfulness can help us stand back from our thoughts and learn to recognise when they are taking over. Because of this, it’s recommended by medical professionals as a way to improve mental health.

2.30-3.45pm - Giving presentations: Becoming a Confident Speaker (for Masters students) - sign up for the workshop to receive details of location

Come along to this workshop, delivered by the Careers and Employability Centre, to develop your presentation skills by becoming a more confident speaker.

2.30pm-5.30pm - "100 Women I Know" Consent Workshop - Global Studies Resource Centre, Arts C building

"Creating a Culture of Consent. This workshop aims to give students the space to gain the understanding they need to prevent them from becoming either perpetrators, victims or bystanders of sexual violence."

100 Women I Know is an inclusive initiative committed to facilitating honest, open and critical conversations on sexual violence, consent, gender and more. They use their documentary film, book and accompanying workshop as transformative tools to educate and engage young people in a conversation about sex and healthy relationships with a specific focus on consent.

This workshop session will include: a screening of the 100 Women I Know documentary film; discussion and critical thinking; drama-based activities; and a book reading. This will involve a combination of discussion, movement and drama-based exercises.

Sign up here to attend this workshop

More information about the University's work in this area, and sources of support.

3.00pm - 'Perform with Yoga' WorkshopSports Centre Dance Studio

Lewis Hatchett, The Sport Yogi, will be taking his background as an ex professional cricketer and now yoga teacher to hold a workshop based on how to perform in your sport & life using yoga principles. Giving you tools to open up your body, relieve tension, function better, challenge your focus as well as providing techniques to use under stress and recover both physically and mentally.

Lewis will also be offering all students a 50% discount on his online platform, www.thesportyogi.com using the code ’sussexuni’ for the entire wellbeing week.

4.00pm - Videogames and Positive Mental Wellbeing - Fulton building, room 101

This talk, given by Dr Graeme Pedlingham, will explore examples of videogames that some players have described as having positive impacts on their mental wellbeing. This may be through helping players to reflect upon their experiences and emotions, or may have been helpful in developing coping strategies; they may just have helped the player to find a space for peace and recuperation. We will consider how a range of games have been designed to have positive impacts and, indeed, whether they are likely to. This may introduce us to some new experiences that could be beneficial; it may help us to think in a different way about games we already play. Coming to this session having reflected upon games that you've played and would consider positive influences on your mental wellbeing will be helpful.

 

Tuesday 12th March

12.00pm-1.00pm - Self-defence class - sign up online

Want to learn more about self-defence and ways to feel confident protecting yourself? Then this is the perfect class for you! Run by local company Kicks, their highly qualified instructors will be leading the class, and teaching self-defence techniques. This event costs £1.

12.00pm-4.00pm - Caravan Theatre - Outside Bramber House (at the bottom of the steps to Jubilee building)

Join Caravan Theatre on campus on 11th and 12th March 2019 and watch their 10 minute play...inside the caravan! They will be performing The Time of Your Life between 12 and 4pm. The Time of Your Life concentrates on raising awareness of mental health issues. It follows Alex as he battles with stigmas around mental health problems at the same time as trying to identify his own issues.

1.00pm-3.30pm - Wellbeing Fair - Meeting House

Come along to the Wellbeing Fair and get involved in:

  • free massage taster sessions (just drop-in)
  • free food and drink from SussexFood
  • activities and games
  • meet and greet with local and on-campus health and wellbeing services

You'll be able to meet local organisations including:

2.00-3.15pm - Effective team working (for undergraduates)sign up for the workshop to receive details of location

Come along to this workshop, delivered by the Careers and Employability Centre, to discuss the best ways of tackling group work.

6.00-7.30pm - Wellbeing-themed Language Cafe - Dine Central

Come along to learn an array of languages, ranging from Spanish and French to Arabic and Russia. Learn phrases to do with health and wellbeing. Meet like-minded people, make friends and network! Find out more.

 

Wednesday 13th March

9.30-10.00am - Mindfulness - Meeting House 

Mindfulness is a simple form of guided meditation which helps you become more aware of the present moment. Though it has roots in Buddhist meditation, mindfulness is all inclusive and not tied in to any religion. Mindfulness can help us stand back from our thoughts and learn to recognise when they are taking over. Because of this, it’s recommended by medical professionals as a way to improve mental health.

12.00pm-1.00pm - Free Wednesdays - Falmer House Reception

Free Sanitary products, Free drug testing kits, Free Condoms. Every Wednesday, for Sussex Students. Provided by the USSU. Find out more

1.00-2.00pm - X-Card Sexual Health Drop-in - Student Life Centre 

Come to an X-Card drop-in and register for an X-Card - then use it to pick up free condoms on campus. Drop-ins are free, confidential and run by trained student volunteers. Find out more.

1.00-3.00pm - Tea and Talk - Meeting House 

The Tea and Talk Peer Support Network is made up of trained student volunteers and offers an informal space for Sussex students to talk and be listened to, as well as an opportunity to find out about other sources of support while enjoying free tea and biscuits! Find out more

3.00-4.00pm - Insomnia Workshop - Bramber House, room 255

Sleepless in Sussex? Come along to this workshop, run by the University Counselling Service. A guide to understanding and tackling insomnia. Insomnia is a common sleep problem for adults, however the highest percentage is amongst those under the age of 30. This workshop will help you find ways to change the cycle that can make you fear going to bed. Come to this 90 minute workshop and take the first step towards change.

3.00-5.00pm - "Look After Your Mate" Workshop - sign up for the workshop to receive details of location

The Student Minds "Look After Your Mate" workshop gives students the skills to offer support to friends, including practical tips for looking after a mate, and knowing what support is out there. Find out more

6.00pm-8.00pm - Board Games Night (for doctoral researchers) – IDS Bar

What better way to unwind than playing games with friends? Pick a game or bring your own. Sign up here

 

More information

More information about mental wellbeing, and how we can look after our own wellbeing, can be found on the student wellbeing web pages

Mental health support - We all need support sometimes, no matter how well we try to look after ourselves. This is especially important for people who experience mental health difficulties. Click here for more information about sources of mental health information and services