The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognises World Mental Health Day as an opportunity “to raise global awareness of mental health issues and to stimulate advocacy”. The World Federation for Mental Health has announced this year’s theme as ‘Mental Health in an Unequal World.
Events and Activities
University of Leeds Sport and Physical Activity (SPA) continue to offer a wide range of wellbeing activities that can help support mental health:
- The return of the SPA Get Out, Get Active country walks provide an opportunity to take a break from campus study and work. These weekly walks will continue throughout the semester visiting the Yorkshire Coast, the Dales and the Lake District to name but a few.
- The SPA Lifestyle and Wellbeing programme are hosting a virtual nutrition workshop on Wednesday 13th October, 4-5pm. This workshop will give you the knowledge you need to improve your nutrition and understand how to eat a well-balanced diet.
- SPA deliver a range of free in-person and virtual wellbeing classes for students through Leeds University Union such as Pilates, Kung Fu and an Introduction to Exercise and Fitness.
Local organisations across Leeds have events and activities scheduled:
- Leeds Mindfulness Festival takes place 11 – 22 October 2021 at Kirkstall Abbey in collaboration with Leeds Mindfulness, Wellbeing & Spirituality Centre. A mixture of online and in person meditation and mindfulness sessions are scheduled.
- Leeds Autism Services are holding a week of activities and information around the theme of wellbeing on the run up to World Mental Health Day.
Mental Health Support from the University of Leeds
If you are dealing with a mental health issue, the University offers a range of services for staff and students;
- The Student Counselling and Wellbeing Service offers a range of services to support students and the Counselling and Psychological Support service is available to colleagues.
- The Business Disability Forum have a Mental Health Toolkit which includes a guide on Employee Wellbeing and Resilience. Access these resources and more using your University of Leeds email address on the BDF signup webpage.
- Support is available to working carers through our partnership with Carers Leeds who offer confidential one-to-one telephone appointments. Contact the Equality & Inclusion Unit to make a booking request. You can also contact the Carers Leeds advice line on 0113 380 4300 (Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm).
- There is a summary of useful University, local and national mental health resources on the Mental Health and Wellbeing webpage.