Health and Wellbeing

Wellbeing Week 2018

Each day of Wellbeing Week 2018 is themed around one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing

 

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Wellbeing Week 2018

Some of the highlights of Wellbeing Week 2018

 

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing are five steps we can take to help improve our wellbeing, which is the way we feel about ourselves and our lives:

  • Give – giving your time, your words or your presence can give you a sense of purpose and boost your own happiness
  • Keep Learning – embracing new experiences, finding new opportunities and learning something new gives us a sense of achievement and confidence
  • Be Active – exercising can have a positive effect on mood and self-esteem. Do what you can and find activities that you enjoy
  • Take Notice – paying attention to yourself and the things going on around you can help you to enjoy life more and understand yourself better
  • Connect – spending time with others, talking, listening and making connections can help us to feel happier, more secure and build a sense of belonging

Each day of Wellbeing Week 2018 was themed around one of the ‘5 Ways’. 

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

 

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All Week - Donation Station – Falmer House Reception

Giving is not only beneficial for those that we give to but it’s great for our own wellbeing too! We’ve set up a donation station in Falmer House, collecting items for St Anne’s Day Centre, who support homeless and isolated people in Brighton and Hove. If you’d like to make a donation then we will be collecting the following items all week:

  • tins/packets of soup
  • gravy granules, herbs, tubes of tomato puree/garlic, vegetable stock cubes
  • jam, marmalade, peanut butter, chocolate spread
  • tinned ready meals, tinned fish, tinned meat (with opening tabs if possible)
  • brand new underwear, socks, hats, scarves and gloves
  • toothpaste, toothbrushes, disposabe razors, deodorant, showergel, shampoo, conditioner, shaving foam, combs
  • flannels, towels, pocket tissues
  • feminine hygiene items, tampons, sanitary pads

Please make sure all items are new/in good condition and within their use by date.

You can find more details about the work of St Anne’s here.

1.00-1.30pm – Mindfulness - The 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.

1.00-2.30pm – Wellbeing Fair – The Meeting House

Join us at the Wellbeing Fair for lunch, stall-holders, activities and freebies:

  • FREE LUNCH provided by the Real Junk Food Project
  • Stall-holders - Find out about local Brighton and Hove and on-campus wellbeing services and how you can get involved in their work
  • Post-card making workshop - Get creative and make a card to send to someone important in your life
  • Tree of Encouragement - Write some words of encouragement on a label and hang it on the tree for someone else to find, then take a tag and see what someone else has left for you!
  • ‘Pay it Forward’ Giving Generator - Come along and receive a free gift from us, then ‘pay it forward’ by doing something nice for someone else and encourage them to do the same!
  • Recipe Give-and-Take - Bring along a few copies of your favourite recipe and exchange them for someone else’s favourites
  • Skills Exchange - Do you have a skill that you want to share with others? Want to learn something new? Post a note on our board and see who gets in touch!
Afternoon - Do something nice for someone

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Make lunch for your flatmate
  • Send a nice text to a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while
  • Take a cup of tea to a friend who is studying in the library
Evening - Give your time to someone

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

6.15-8.15pm - Film Screening – Amelie (15) - Jubilee 144

 Amelie (15)
Amelie Poulain has led a sheltered life - educated at home by over-protective parents, she retreats into a fantasy world of her own. When she finally leaves home and finds work as a waitress in a Parisian café, life is pretty uneventful until a chain of extraordinary events leads her to the discovery of a tin box containing a schoolboys long forgotten mementos. It is then that Amelie discovers her true vocation in life helping others find love and happiness which she sets about in her own unique and magical way. When Amelie falls in love herself, she realizes that making neat solutions in not as easy as it seems...

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9.30-10.00am – Mindfulness - Global Studies room C333

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.

12.00-12.50pm - How to handle fake news: Finding your way through the digital deluge - Library - Open Learning Space

This drop-in session will introduce you to approaches to searching for and evaluating information. It will also cover digital tools such as Pinterest, Scoop.it! and flipboard to help you organise and store these sources for your studies

1.00-1.30pm – Mindfulness - Jubilee G30

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.

Stress and Worry Workshop - POSTPONED

We're really sorry, but due to the snow we're not able to run this session today. Sorry for any inconvenience. To find out about upcoming workshops please visit the counselling service website 

There will also be another workshop, ‘A Student’s Guide to Managing Worry and Anxiety’ running on Thursday 1st March - details here , and a workshop on Procrastination on Friday 2nd March (details below)

6.00-7.30pm - Wellbeing-themed Language Café - Room 76

The Language Café  is a great opportunity to learn or practise a language for free, and meet students from a variety of cultural backgrounds! Language Café Leaders host the sessions and facilitate discussions; this week’s session will begin with a brief presentation by one student about wellbeing in their culture, and then the café discussions will be themed around wellbeing. Whether you’re fluent or a beginner, everyone is welcome and you can just drop-in – there’s no need to book in advance.

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9.30-10.00am – Mindfulness - The 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.

12.00-2.00pm - Table Tennis - Mandela Hall

Free Table Tennis session hosted by Active US. Come along and try it out!

1.00-2.30pm - Guided walk of Sussex campus boundary - Meet on Meeting House steps

Enjoy the beautiful countryside around campus on our boundary walk. This free guided walk takes you around the boundaries of the University of Sussex campus; it’s a great way to be active, and there’s always something interesting to see and learn.

1.30-3.30pm – Ultimate Frisbee - Russell's Clump

Free Ultimate Frisbee session hosted by Active US. Come along and try it out!

2.00-2.30pm - Beginner’s Run - Sports Centre

Free beginners runs hosted by Active US, all abilities welcome! Meeting at the Sports Centre at the bottom of campus.

3.00-4.00pm - Experienced Run - Sports Centre

A free social run hosted by Active US, aimed at more experienced runners. Meeting at the Sports Centre at the bottom of campus.

3.00pm - Sussex Pride Parade – Falmer House

Join the first ever Sussex Pride event, featuring a parade around campus and variety of performances from students and local acts!

6.30-7.30pm - Small Space Workout – Lancaster Common Room

Student loans don't cover the gym membership or maybe your schedule is too busy for sport societies? Join your Residential Advisors in Lancaster House Common Room from 6.30pm-7.30pm on Wednesday the 28th February 2018 and we'll provide you with some 10-minute work outs that you can do in the space of your own room! Keeping active has never been easier!

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University Mental Health Day

 

9.30-11.00am - Therapy Dogs – The Meeting House

Relax and unwind with a group of specially trained therapy dogs in the Meeting House!

To make sure the dogs don't get overwhelmed, you'll need a ticket to attend this event - book yours here

9.30-11.00am - University Mental Health Day: Tea and Talk - The Meeting House

Pop in to enjoy free tea and biscuits and have a good old chat. There will be ‘conversation starter’ cards on hand to help get things started, and our Wellbeing Volunteers will be there to talk about mental health and how we can promote good mental health.

11.00am-2.00pm - Free massage sessions - Falmer House meeting room 2

Take a few minutes out of your day to treat yourself to a wonderful massage taster session, delivered by professional massage therapists. This activity is sure to book up fast, so make sure you come along early to book yourself a session!

4.30-6.00pm - World Café: Perspectives on Mental Health - Bramber House 254

We invite you to come along to meet other members of the Sussex community and discuss ideas on mental health. You’ll have the chance to speak with lots of different people to find out their perspectives on mental health, and share your own – the more diverse the group, the more we’ll learn! This event will enable you to learn from a variety of cultural perspectives on ideas such as happiness, mental health difficulties, talking about mental health and seeking support.

5.30-7.00pm - Mindfulness Through the Arts - Location TBC

More info coming very soon!

6.30-8.30pm - Star-gazing - Falmer House

Come along and enjoy a beautiful star-gazing walk from campus.

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11.00am-6.00pm - Women in Leadership Conference – Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts

A series of talks, workshops and performances aimed at inspiring young female and non-binary students.

This event is open to all Sussex Students. This event is free but you do need to reserve a place beforehand.

1.00-1.30pm – Mindfulness - The 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.

2.00-5.00pm - Look After Your Mate Workshop - reserve a place to receive more info

The Student Minds Look After Your Mate workshop gives students the skills to offer support to friends, including:

  • Understanding the Student Journey
  • Practical Tips of Looking After A Mate:
    - Starting a conversation
    - Communication techniques
    - Listening
    - Motivating
  • Knowing what support is out there
  • Looking after yourself too:
    - When the going gets tough
    - Keeping up with the fun stuff
  • Look After Your Mate Action Plan

Please note that this is a 3 hour session, and it's important to attend for the full 3 hours.

If you'd like to attend this workshop please register here, and then we will send you information about the location. If you have any question please email healthandwellbeing@sussex.ac.uk

3.00-4.00pm - REDS workshop: Connect with Respect - Global Studies Resouce Centre (ground floor in Arts C building)

The student REDS Facilitators warmly invite you to come and explore different ways of connecting to one another. Through multiple activities and discussions, we will reflect on notions of diversity and respect related to connecting to others. It's going to be a very playful and fun workshop, so do come along! Everybody is very welcome: all genders, all ages, all cultural backgrounds

3.00-4.00pm - Procrastination workshop - Fulton 112

Do you often find yourself delaying important tasks until later...?

Procrastination not only affects a person's work, but also commonly involves feelings such as guilt, inadequacy, self-disgust, stress and depression. Often we try to disguise our avoidance by being very busy doing things that may be interesting, and even useful, but don't contribute towards the main goal - even doing something we normally hate - rather than writing, for example, just before an essay deadline!

This workshop will help you to understand and change the personal or emotional aspects to your procrastination. Come along and take the first step towards change.

4.00-6.00pm - Board games and Brownies – Lancaster Common Room

Come and connect with others over board games and brownies. The Campus & Residential Support Team present an evening of fun and making connections in a relaxed informal setting. We look forward to seeing you there.

5.00-7.00pm - Family Film Screening – Inside Out (PG) - Falmer House Debating Chamber (1st Floor)

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what’s going on inside their head? Disney Pixar’s Inside Out takes an imaginative journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control centre of 11-year old Riley’s mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by light-hearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness.