Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from Monday 9th – Sunday 15th May 2022 and the theme this year is ‘loneliness’.
Loneliness is the feeling we experience when there is a mismatch between the social connections we have and those that we need or want. This can be different for all of us but is something that we all feel at times. When it is chronic or long-term it can have serious effects on our mental health. This year, get involved in Mental Health Awareness week by taking practical steps to reduce loneliness.
- On social media share your experiences of loneliness using the hashtag #IveBeenThere to support others and raise awareness.
- Sign up to the Mental Health Foundation 80 Miles in May challenge to walk run or jog that distance over the month to look after your own wellbeing and raise awareness.
- The Student Guide to Loneliness includes lots of advice, tips and information about organisations who can listen and support you.
- For practical advice, tools, helplines and support groups visit the NHS Live Well website .
- For expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing try the NHS Every Mind Matters website.
- The Business Disability Forum (BDF) have a Mental Health Toolkit with sections on talking about mental health, physical health and mental health available to everyone. For full access to the BDF Knowledge Hub register with your University of Leeds email address on the BDF signup webpage.
Mental Health Support at the University of Leeds
The University offers a range of mental health support services for staff and students.
- Managers can find out more about supporting mental health for staff with the Managers’ guide to supporting individuals experiencing stress and/ or mental health issues.
- The Staff Counselling and Psychological Support service provides advice, information and counselling by email, phone and Zoom.
- The Health and Wellbeing team have lots of practical information and advice for looking after your mental health.
- The Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service offers support remotely by telephone, email and / or Zoom.
- Students can also talk to the friendly advisors in Disability Services about the range of mental health support available via email@example.com and 0113 343 3927.
- The Disability, Accessibility and Mental Health Staff Network, provides a safe space for those with a personal interest in mental health to access and give peer support.
- Carers Leeds provide support for those who care for someone with mental health conditions. Contact the Carers Leeds advice line on 0113 380 4300 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).
- There is a summary of University, local and national mental health support organisations and resources available on the Equality & Inclusion Unit Mental Health and Wellbeing webpage.
Activities and Events
At the University of Leeds
Resources on LinkedIn Learning
LinkedIn Learning’s mental health and wellbeing resources provide support for staff and students at Leeds with content covering a wide range of topics. Explore a series of recommended courses, collections and learning paths which look at wellbeing in the workplace, supporting your mental health during challenging times, developing your adaptability skills, personal resilience, mindfulness, meditation and more. All students and staff at the University of Leeds have free access to a wide range of resources via LinkedIn Learning, and you can find out more on the OD&PL LinkedIn Learning webpage.
Wellbeing Exercise Classes, Leeds University Union (LUU)
The LUU are running exercise classes to help you stay active and look after your mental and physical wellbeing;
Book your place at Wellbeing Pilates, Tuesday 10th May, 14:30 – 15:30
Book your place at Wellbeing Yoga, Wednesday 11th May, 12:00 – 13:00
Book your place at Wellbeing Circuits, Wednesday 11th May, 13:30 – 14:30
Unmind webinar, 12:00 pm, Wed 11 May
Unmind are hosting a webinar with global experts to discuss the psychology behind loneliness and tips on how to make technology work for, not against you. Book your place for the Unmind Zoom webinar.
Leeds Mindful Employer Network, 12:45 – 15:00, Wed, 11 May, The Terrace, 3 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP
Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds City Council will open this in person event where attendees will have the opportunity to join group discussions with local employers and learn about free resources to support you on your mental health at work journey. Book your place for the Leeds Mindful Employer Network event.