World Mental Health Day 2021

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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.

Mind have a range of resources to help you learn about mental health inequality and the Mental Health Foundation have lots of practical advice to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Events and Activities

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;