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February 28, 2018
» University Mental Health Day - Thursday 1st March 2018

The Wellbeing Service has organised activities, across campuses, for University Mental Health Awareness Day (1st March 2018).

Wellbeing Service staff will be running stalls on each campus between 11am and 2pm on Thursday 1st March to celebrate University Mental Health Day.

Cardiff campus – the Street

Glyntaff campus – Aneurin Bevan foyer

Newport campus – next to reception

Treforest campus – Stilts.

To encourage you to think about mental health and share ideas for positive mental health.

Freebies for students – chocolate coins, water bottles, key-rings etc.

UMHDay 2018 logo

October 13, 2017
» Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2017

Eating Disorders Awareness Week is 27th February to 5th March 2017

Problems with 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

» Self Injury Awareness Day 2017

Self-Injury Awareness Day 2017

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 and 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.

» Programme on OCD seeks participants

We have been contacted by a TV production company looking for people aged 18 – 30 who have OCD and would be willing to take part in a TV programme about living with the condition.

Crackit Productions are making a new two part series following the impact of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on people aged between 18 and 30 years old. The series aims to demystify this condition and reflect the reality of how people live with this disorder on a day to day basis.

The production company are looking for people who have OCD (or believe they might have OCD) to take part in the show. They say that contributors will be supported throughout the filming and aftercare will be provided for people who take part in the final aired programme. However if you are considering this, we would advise you to think carefully before agreeing to participate.

Details below:

» World Mental Health Day 2017

World Mental Health Day

Tuesday October 10th is World Mental Health Day! Join in the conversation about mental health and help reduce the stigma. Mental Health is everyone’s business! #WorldMentalHealthDay & #WMHD17

Mental Health affects us all. How we think and feel about ourselves and our lives impacts on our behaviour and how we cope in tough times.

It affects our ability to make the most of the opportunities that come our way and play a full part amongst our family, workplace, university, community and friends. It’s also closely linked with our physical health.

Whether we call it wellbeing, emotional welfare or mental health, it’s key to living a fulfilling life.

There are a wealth of different resources and ideas on how you can get involved on the internet:-

  • Look after your mates: #inyourcorner. If you or a friend need support with mental health issues, please see sources of support and information on our Unilife Wellbeing pages.

World Mental Health Day film show

As part of World Mental Health Day on October 10, USW will be showing A Beautiful Mind in TRB001 in the Brecon Bulding on Treforest Campus.

The showing runs from 4.30pm until 7.30pm.

The 2001 film, starring Russell Crowe, is an American biographical drama which is based on the life of John Nash, Nobel Laureate in Economics.

The story begins in Nash’s days as a graduate student at Princeton University. In the film, Nash begins to develop paranoid schizophrenia and endures delusional episodes while painfully watching the loss and burden his condition brings on wife Alicia and friends.

The film lasts just over two hours. Time has been built in for post-movie discussion.

More details are available from karyn.davies@southwales.ac.uk

» Mental Health ; Universities need to offer more support

A video about student mental health made by Huffington Post for World Mental Health Day


Universities Need To Do More For Students Struggling With Thei…

75% of mental health difficulties develop by the age of 25.

Posted by HuffPost UK on Tuesday, 10 October 2017

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