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Are you aware of your mental health?

We all have mental health, sometimes it’s good and sometimes it’s not so good. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week runs from Monday 13 May to Sunday 19 May, and it’s the perfect time to consider your own wellbeing.

Mental Health Awareness Week

The theme for 2019 is ‘Body Image’ and as part of the national campaign, Dr Glen Jankowski and Candice Whitaker will be delivering an interactive body image talk and workshop at Leeds Beckett: ‘Where did Ryan Gosling’s Belly Go?’. Body image researchers Candice and Glen will discuss the extensive appearance pressures in media, advertising and wider culture that causes so many people to dislike their appearance.

The workshop will feature two presentations on body image and appearance pressures, before attendees investigate appearance pressures themselves. Finally attendees will be encouraged to resist appearance pressures through media subverts and Body Positive post it notes.

You can book on to this workshop via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/where-did-ryan-goslings-belly-go-an-interactive-body-image-talk-and-workshop-tickets-61235169039

Plant potting can also be an extremely therapeutic exercise, and the presence of indoor plants increases oxygenation which: improves mood, reduces stress levels, improves attention span and reduces fatigue.

Why not come along and have a go at potting your own plant to take home with you? Student Services will provide all the materials you need to grow your own plant or flowers at home. The session will take place outside the Headingley Student Hub on Tuesday 14 May 11:00-14:00 (weather permitting).

Mental Health Awareness Week also coincides with Leeds Wellbeing Week which is all about making wellbeing visible across the workplace and across public spaces around the city. It aims to assist people to find things which help them achieve good levels of wellbeing. All details and events are listed on their website, many of the events are free and new sessions are being added all the time.

For more information about Mental Health Awareness Week, and how to get involved, visit the Mental Health Foundation website.

Don’t forget, Student Services are also on-hand to support you with your mental health and wellbeing:

  • Visit the Student Wellbeing team's self-help page where there are a range of guides and resources available, as well as useful helpline numbers should you ever need to talk.
  • If you are worried that you'll have money on your mind over exams, do consider getting in touch with the Student Money team who provide confidential support and advice to students experiencing difficulties with their finances, or who require support in managing their money. The team can give you information on the Hardship and Summer Assistance Funds.
  • The Student Experience Team, along with other services across the University, are here to support you through exams and assessments; follow @BeckettSET on Twitter for tips from our recent graduates and the latest on events and activities that will be happening throughout the exam period.

Your Students' Union Advice team is also on hand to offer independent and confidential advice and representation.

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