Let's Talk

 

We know that 1 in 4 of us will experience mental health problems each year and many more will be affected by the stigma surrounding mental illness, but lots of us struggle to find the words to talk about how we're feeling. 

 

That's why we've organised Mental Health and Wellbeing Week, running from January 30th to February 5th, and we've got a whole range of events and activities planned which you can see below - we'll be updating the schedule in the run up to the Week as we confirm more events and speakers.

 

If you have any questions about looking after your own mental health, supporting a friend, or mental health more generally check out our list of resources and services.

 


 

Get your free Mental Health and Wellbeing Week tote bag! 

 

Throughout the week we'll be out on campus handing out our Mental Health and Wellbeing Week tote bags filled with useful advice and fun activities. On the evening of Friday the 27th we'll be at Pollock Halls, then at lunch time on Monday the 30th we'll be visiting Vet students at Easter Bush. On Thursday lunchtime we'll be at Little France in the Chancellor's Building with the Medics, and on Friday we'll be in the Main Library. Make sure you pop by to pick up your bag and find out more about the Week's events!

 

 

Monday, January 30th

 

 

Supporting Your Friends Through Tough Times

17:00-19:00; Teviot Middle Reading Room

 

Join Edinburgh Nightline for a workshop which aims to give you the skills and confidence to support your friends and flatmates through the tough times. We'll be covering a whole range of topics - from stress and depression to eating disorders and bereavement - and there'll also be plenty of opportunities for you to ask any questions you might have. This event is open to anyone, regardless of prior knowledge or experience. Find out more here.

 

 

Mind-Body Practices, Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout with Lorraine Close

17:00-18:00; Undergraduate Teaching Room, Chancellors Building, Little France

 

This session, held at Little France and organised by the Medical School, is targetted at students and staff in the School and will focus on how self-care and relaxation techniques can be used to avoid burn-out when working in high-pressure environments. Find out more here.

 

 

Tuesday, January 31st

 

 

Capacitar Tai Chi

13:10-13:40; Chaplaincy

 

If you've been looking for a form of exercise that is low impact, easy to pick up, and great for your mental wellbeing, why not come along to the Chaplaincy's Tai Chi class, open to all students and staff.

 

 

Mythbusters for Medical Students: A Talk by the General Medical Council on Supporting Medical Students with Mental Health Conditions

18:00-19:00; Lecture Theatre A, Chancellors Building

 

Organised by the Medical School for both students and staff, this event aims to debunk the myth that individuals with mental health conditions are unable or unfit to practice medicine. Led by individuals from the General Medical Council, this session will provide advice to both students with mental health conditions and the staff supporting them. Find out more here.

 

 

Wednesday, February 1st

 

 

The Development of the Student Mental Health Strategy

12:30-13:30; Room G.8, 1 George Square (Neuroscience)

 

This session - open to all students and staff - will feature Gavin Douglas, Deputy Secretary Student Experience, introducing the University's new Student Mental Health Strategy. Come along to find out more about the University's approach to rising student mental health problems and ask any questions you might have. Find out more here.

 

 

[POSTPONED] Alpaca Petting Zoo

13:00-15:00; Pollock Halls

 

Please note, this event has been postponed due to personal and travel reasons. Please contact ResLife for more information.

 

In the first of our two Wednesday events focusing on the mental health benefits of interacting with animals, Residence Life will be providing students currently living in halls of residence the opportunity to interact with a friendly and fluffy group of alpacas.

 

We anticipate this event being very popular and will be releasing details shortly on how to ensure you are able to attend.

 

 

Therapets

13:30-15:30; Curle Room, King's Building's House

 

Edinburgh University Students' Association and Canine Concern Scotland Trust (CCST) invite you to take a break from studying and join us for this fun, stress-relieving event!

 

Interacting with animals has been scientifically proven to relieve stress, boost physical health, and even aid in recovery from chronic mental illness - that's why we're running this event as part of Mental Health and Wellbeing Week.

 

Booking is essential for this event. Please reserve your place on Eventbrite.

 

 

Lunch and Learn: Mental Health 101

14:00-15:00; Teviot Middle Reading Room 

 

Join Scotland's mental health charity, SAMH, for this super informative lunch and learn session. Their trained volunteers, all of whom have extensive knowledge of the challenges mental ill-health can create, will talk you through the basics of mental health, focusing on what it is and how you can take care of yours. There'll also be the opportunity to ask the volunteers any questions you might have, plus a free lunch!

 

 

Eating Disorders Awareness and Support Event

15:00-17:00; Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 4

 

This session, led by volunteers from eating disorder charity b-eat, will focus on expanding participants' understanding of various eating disorders and increasing their knowledge of appropriate support services. All students are welcome to attend but there will be an opportunity after the talk for students who have experienced disordered eating to come together and discuss the potential for a student-led support network. Find out more here.

 

 

Mindfulness Taster with Dr Avinash Bansode

17:00-19:00; Undergraduate Teaching Room, Chancellors Building, Little France

 

Mindfulness is becoming increasingly popular as a technique for managing stress and relieving anxiety. This session, organised by the Medical School, is an opportunity for students and staff to try out mindfulness for themselves, led by the University's Mindfulness Chaplain Dr Avinash Bansode. Find out more here.

 

 

Introduction to Men's Mental Health

18:00-20:00; Appleton Tower Lecture Theatre 3

 

Statistics show that men are less likely than women to discuss their emotions with friends or peers, and are even less likely to access support and services when they experience more serious mental health issues. This event will focus on breaking down the barriers and stigma surrounding men's mental health and identifying ways in which we can all better support men's mental health. This event is open to everyone but men are particularly encouraged to come along and share their experiences.

 

 

Thursday, February 2nd

 

 

Lunch and Learn: Mental Health 101

13:00-14:00; Teviot Dining Room 

 

Join Scotland's mental health charity, SAMH, for this super informative lunch and learn session. Their trained volunteers, all of whom have extensive knowledge of the challenges mental ill-health can create, will talk you through the basics of mental health, focusing on what it is and how you can take care of yours. There'll also be the opportunity to ask the volunteers any questions you might have, plus a free lunch!

 

 

Mindfulness Meditation

13:10-13:50; Chaplaincy

 

Mindfulness is an increasingly popular form of stress management and relief. This session, led by the University's Mindfulness Chaplain, is an opportunity to try mindfulness meditation in a supportive space. This session is free and open to all students and staff.

 

 

Feeling like a fish out of water? Coping with the transition to a new country and culture

17:00-19:00; Teviot Dining Room

 

This session, led by the Students' Association's Global Team, is designed to support international students through the transition into University. For many, the move to a new country can be an exciting but challenging time, and "culture shock" can leave you feeling confused and isolated. This workshop will provide international students and those who want to support them work through some of the challenges, and learn strategies for a successful transition into University. Find out more here.

 

 

I am... Workshop with the LGBT+ Liberation Group

18:00-20:00pm; G.02, 50 George Square

 

Join this workshop - part of both Mental Health and Wellbeing Week and LGBT+ History Month - run in collaboration with the Positive Change Arts Projects, which aims to explore how we use labels to define who we are, as well as the ways in which society tries to enforce labels on to us. Find out more here.

 

 

Music Therapy: How and why is it used in the NHS

18:00-19:30; Undergraduate Teaching Room, Chancellors Building, Little France

 

This lecture, organised by the Medical School and led by Emma MacLean - experienced lecturer and music therapist - is an opportunity for students and staff to learn more about music therapy techniques and how they are used by the NHS, particularly in mental health care. Find out more here.

 

 

Tea and Talk in Halls of Residence

19:30-21:30; Halls of Residence

 

If you're currently living in Halls of Residence, from Pollock Halls to Holyrood North, keep an eye out for your local Tea and Talk event organised by Residence Life. There will be the oppotunity to talk about how you're feeling and find out more about the support available through the University and in Edinburgh more widely.

 

 

Friday, February 3rd

 

 

Law Students Meadows Walk with Professor MacQueen

13:00-14:00; Meet at the David Hume Tower entrance

 

If you're in the School of Law don't miss this opportunity to join Professor MacQueen for a gentle and relaxing walk around the Meadows. The School of Law also have several other events which you can find details of here.

 

 

Hatha Yoga

13:10-13:40; Chaplaincy

 

Looking for some low impact exercise which can help relax your body and mind. Why not come along to the Chaplaincy's free hatha yoga session which is free and open to all students and staff?

 

 

Yoga Taster with Lorraine Close

17:00-18:00; Undergraduate Teaching Room, Chancellors Building, Little France

 

Yoga is an accessible and low impact form of exercise which can also have real benefits for individuals' mental health. All Medical students and staff are welcome to come along to this free, relaxing taster led by Lorraine Close. Find out more here.

 

 

Destress with a Taste of Brazil

17:30-20:30; Quaker Studio, Pleasance

 

Join the Capoeira society and Forró group for a free de-stressing class which combines martial arts, dance, acrobatics and music. This session includes beginners classes for both capoeira and forró, plus some surprise musical fun! Everyone is welcome - just make sure you wear comfy clothes and shoes (or you can dance in bare feet). Find out more here.

 

 

Sunday, February 5th

 

 

Arabic Bellydancing Stressbuster Session

14:00-15:30; Highland Room, Pleasance

 

Fancy trying some physical activity but want something fun that you can do with your friends? Why not try this taster session run by the Arabic Bellydancing Society - the class is designed to be accessible for all abilities, including total beginners - so why not come along and give it a go.

 

 

Speak Your Mind: Exploring Our Experiences of Mental Health through Performance

16:00-19:00; Potterrow Dome

 

The final event of Mental Health and Wellbeing Week sees students express their lived experiences of mental health through the creative arts, including song and spoken word. We’ll also be displaying the contributions and creations from the week’s events, so come along to relax, take part, and be entertained. Find out more here.