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February 29, 2016

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» Self Injury Awareness Day 2016

Self-Injury Awareness Day 2016

Self-Injury Awareness Day (SIAD) occurs on 1st March every year, and has done so for well over a decade.

SIAD is an international event that is recognised across the globe.

Raising awareness about self-injury is incredibly important. Awareness leads to understanding and empathy, helping to banish judgment and fear, and to reduce the number of people who feel alone and suffer in silence.

What you can do?

See below for organisations that can provide resources and support, but they cannot fight stigma and educate the public all alone; they need your help. If you’d prefer to live in a world where people understand self-injury and don’t judge, where you can talk freely about mental health instead of being trapped in silence, then it’s all of our responsibility to educate. Here are some ideas from our colleagues at LifeSIGNS :-

Share the LifeSIGNS SIAD video

The new video slideshow thingy is available on Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr, and Twitter, and it would be awesome if you shared, reblogged, and retweeted it.

Stick up a poster or 2!

Print posters and stick them up wherever you can. You may need permission, or you may be able to use a notice board.
Poster – click to view and save, or ‘right-click‘ to save [3.2MB]
Poster – click to open, or ‘right-click‘ to save[3.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.4MB]
Grey version (for black n white printing / photocopying) [2.6MB]

Buy a wristband

Raises awareness about self-injury, and directly supports LifeSIGNS by helping them to continue their work throughout the year.

Everyone wears a wristband for different reasons – there’s always something about memory involved – remembering the past, looking at how far you’ve come, and maybe how many more steps there are to take.

Some people show their wristband openly – as they’re able to say “It’s SIAD, I’m showing my support for friends on the web who shouldn’t be alone in their struggle”.

Hand out some fact sheets

Browse LifeSIGNS fact sheets and NSHN factsheets and print out any that are relevant in your life; leave some in your GP surgery or around work / uni.

There are fact sheets for parents, guys, friends, healthcare workers, teachers, employers and for people who hurt themselves. Free to download, free to print, free to share.

Contact your local radio station

Make a quick call or send an email asking for SIAD to be mentioned on 1st March.

You could give the LifeSIGNS web address or Self injury Support web address ask them to contact hello@lifesigns.org.uk or info@selfinjurysupport.org.uk for more information or an interview.

Mention #SIAD on your social networks and link to this page

Talk about SIAD on your Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook ; link to LifeSIGNS so people can read more about what it’s all about.

Write an article about self-injury

Blog Articles that discuss a person’s personal experiences of self-injury (and / or recovery) are always popular, and don’t need to be more than a few hundred words.

Send your non-triggering articles to hello@lifesigns.org.uk for publication before 1st March on their main blog.

Self-injury myths

Share these myths, and the hard truths. Don’t let people continue to believe these old tales.

What will you do?

We’ve made some suggestions, but it’s really down to you. What will you do to help raise awareness? Share your ideas by posting on our Twitter or Facebook pages.
Counselling & Mental Wellbeing Service on Facebook Counselling & Mental Wellbeing Service on Twitter

Remember, you don’t have to talk about yourself – you can talk about ’emotional well-being’ and what is happening on SIAD – you don’t have to get personal if you’re not comfortable.

This is a great time to ask for help and support if you’re ready to talk to someone about what’s behind your self-injury. Help yourself before you help others.

Self-injury Resources

  • The Amber Project -The Amber Project provides help and support to young people (14-25) who have experience of self harm.
  • CASIP user-led self-injury project based in Cardiff for adults, care givers and healthcare professionals. Run a weekly supportive self-help group on Monday evenings.
  • LifeSIGNS – LifeSIGNS is the user-led voluntary organisation raising awareness about self-injury.
  • Self injury Support (formerly Bristol Crisis Service for Women) – a national organisation that supports girls & women affected by self-injury or self-harm: provides TESS text and email support; Women’s Self-injury Helpline; information & publications about self-injury; self-injury training courses for professionals; supports self-injury self-help groups
  • The Calm Zone: Self Harm – The Campaign Against Living Miserably is targeted at young men aged between 15-35. The campaign offers help, information and advice via a phone and web service. Anyone, regardless of age, gender or geographic location can call the line.
  • Mind: self-harm Written to help you understand why you self-harm and what you and others can do to help.

February 9, 2016

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» Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2016

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is 22nd to 28th February 2016

Disordered eating might affect you or someone you know.

Effects include disrupted eating habits or weight control behaviour with physical, emotional and psychological changes. It can take many forms: restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupation with food, and altered mealtime behaviours, excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

If you or someone you care about seems to be troubled by disordered eating, follow this link

November 27, 2015

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» DDS Update

Please see the following update posted on the Disability & Dyslexia web-pages yesterday. Here is the link if you would like to take the opportunity to comment.

“A student has expressed concern about rumours regarding changes to the Disability and Dyslexia Service, so we’d like to keep you updated about what is happening.

The UK government has made wide-ranging changes that affect disability support services at universities in England and Wales. The University is in the process of reviewing how the Disability and Dyslexia Service will continue to offer excellent, professional support which meets student requirements and expectations while accommodating these changes.

Student wellbeing and support is a priority. Service changes are guided by students’ needs and student input will be considered throughout the review process and there will be opportunities to contribute to discussion. If you would like to submit any comments or suggestions at this stage, you can use the DDS Feedback form to let us know.”

November 2, 2015

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» A new app for student well being, and they need your help!

Student Minds have been working in partnership with the mental health charity Mind, to develop an app which helps students cope with the highs and lows of university by sharing their mood with friends in a fun and easy way.

This week sees the launch of the app, named Emoodji

If you’re interested to know how the app works, here is a quick overview:

Emoodji allows people to take a selfie and attach an emoji that represents their mood. These photos can be shared with friends, or kept private. The app will then monitor how you’ve been doing and will send you helpful tips on how you can stay mentally healthy at university, including information on stress, food and mood, being away from home, anxiety and feeling down.

To download the app, click here.

The app is being piloted until mid-November and we need your help to feedback on how effective you find it. We’d love to hear what you think of it! Download it, try it out and send your feedback to emoodji@mind.org.uk by Friday 6 November.

October 6, 2015

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» Bipolar Awareness Day

October 6th is Bipolar Awareness Day

Bipolar Disorder is a condition where people experience extreme swings in mood – from periods of overactive, excited behaviour – known as ‘mania’ or ‘manic episodes’ – to deep depression. Between these severe highs and lows, they may have stable times.

If you or someone you know is affected by Bipolar disorder please see our self-help websites and advice fact-sheets

October 1, 2015

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» The Wellbeing Service on Social Media

Don’t forget there is a SouthWales Wellbeing page on Twitter.

’’’’’’ to share the link with your followers.

And a Southwaleswellbeing page on Facebook

Please follow us for lots of relevant info and links to wellbeing: USW Wellbeing on Twitter

Please 'like’ us for lots of relevant info and links to wellbeing: USW Wellbeing on Facebook

May 28, 2015

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» MWS evaluation 2014-15

The Mental Wellbeing Service is currently being reviewed and we are very keen to get the opinions of the students who have used our service.

We know you get asked to fill in lots of surveys but if you have used the Mental Wellbeing Service, please could we urge you to take a few minutes of your time to fill in our SurveyMonkey questionnaire?!

Your feedback is so important to plan improvements to our service. The survey is anonymous.

You can access the link here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/CSQM35Z

May 14, 2015

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» Beat exam stress with free table tennis

Beat Exam Stress with Free Table Tennis for Cardiff Students Every Weekday Afternoon!

More information

March 12, 2015

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» Help develop an app for student mental health!

Student Minds really excited to be working with Mind to develop a brand new resilience app for students and we’d love to hear your views!

This is a fantastic opportunity to ensure that student voices are at the centre of the development process. What would you value in an app? What would help you to build your support network, develop positive coping strategies and take part in activities that improve your wellbeing?

Based on feedback from a series of student focus groups at the end of 2014, Mind have developed a set of story-boards for three different app concepts. This is where they need your help! Fill in the online survey here by Friday 27th March to let them know what you think about each of these concepts.

February 23, 2015

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» Eating Disorders Awareness Week

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is 23rd February to 1st March 2015

Disordered eating might affect you or someone you know.

Effects include disrupted eating habits or weight control behaviour with physical, emotional and psychological changes. It can take many forms: restricted food intake, strict dietary rules, preoccupation with food, and altered mealtime behaviours, excessive exercise, self-induced vomiting and misuse of laxatives, diuretics, or enemas.

If you or someone you care about seems to be troubled by disordered eating, follow this link to a range of information and resources that can help.