Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health, including at the University of Worcester. The Mental Health Foundation started the event 21 years ago. Each year the Foundation continues to set the theme, organise and host the week. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally. This Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme is raising awareness of the impact of loneliness on our mental wellbeing and the practical steps we can take to address it.
The University’s Human Resources team has put together some tips and ideas for activities that staff could do during the week:
Connect over Coffee
Collect a voucher to invite someone to join you for coffee (other drinks are available!). The feeling of connection will help you both. Buy yourself a drink from any of the University catering outlets (not including the Campus Store) and use the voucher to get a free drink for someone else.
The vouchers will be available in each café area at St John’s and at City.
Wear Green to show your support for Mental Health Awareness Week.
Attend an online workshop
Attend an online workshop, by booking on staff development workshops page:
- Mental Health and wellbeing
- Navigating mental wellbeing, gender, sexuality, and addiction
- The Career Dad – Guilt Anxiety and Parenthood
- Tackling Loneliness
Five Ways to Wellbeing
Use the Five Ways to Wellbeing suggested by the mental health charity Mind. Try one each day. Here are some suggestions:
Monday: Be active – walk the University Mile at St John’s Campus, or, at City Campus, round the racecourse
Tuesday: Notice – how many people are wearing green today
Wednesday: Give – donations for Ukraine are still needed
Thursday: Keep learning – book a workshop today
Friday: Connect – use the coffee vouchers to connect with someone you don’t often meet
Don’t forget you can get advice from PAMAssist, our employee assistance programme.