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Mental Health Awareness Week: Kindness

last modified May 19, 2020 11:15 AM
Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, will take place from 18-24 May 2020. The theme for the week is kindness.

You can find out more about the Mental Health Foundation and why they chose the theme of kindness on their website


Do please look at our Reflections feature on the topic;  kindness is so important always, but never more so than in the current circumstances.


Complementing the wellbeing support, resources and virtual activities which have been provided by teams across the University, this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week will be marked by a programme of talks, mindfulness sessions and other activities. Yvonne McPartland, Deputy Head of the Staff Counselling Centre will be delivering a talk on ‘Kindness In The Grip Of A Pandemic: How Counselling Can Strengthen Resilience’ 

Staff can sign up to the sessions via the wellbeing webpages:


To coincide with the start of Mental Health Awareness Week the University has made the Big White Wall (BWW) available to staff. This is an anonymous online mental health support facility that all staff with a university contract can access free of charge. It provides additional resources that are accessible outside the Staff Counselling Centre's hours.


Please note however, that it is not a crisis service. If you are in a mental health crisis please look at our Emergency Contacts page.


Finally, a reminder that the Staff Counselling Centre is accepting new referrals for one-to-one counselling support. To apply for counselling appointments, please complete the Staff Pre-counselling form. In the near-term, this continues to take place via Zoom, Teams or telephone. Please be assured that these media have worked extremely effectively during lockdown. Please feel free to with any enquiries that you may have



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