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Mental Health Awareness Week and The Staff Virtual Benefits and Wellbeing Roadshow

Mental Health Awareness Week and The Staff Virtual Benefits and Wellbeing Roadshow
When: 10 May to 21 May
Where: Online

This year, the theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is Nature and the Environment and the Clinical School has organised a number of virtual events over a two week period. The first week includes numerous courageous and inspirational guest speakers including Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE (Strangers on the Bridge) interviewed by Ed Bullmore, Richard McCann shares his very personal story about how he turned his life around following the death of his mother and a difficult upbringing where he will share tips and strategies on resilience, through to talks on mental health and children by Tamsin Ford and Paul Fletcher will be delivering a great talk on psychosis. There will be exercise classes and much more. Week two is packed full of talks on staff benefits including hearing from the Reward Team, Staff Counselling, recruiting Apprentices through to talks on posture and payroll giving and much more. To view all events, see poster, timetables and also the upcoming events below.
Please click here to check the timetable and book your place
 
Photo Competition
When: 10 May to 21 May
Where: Online

Continuing with the theme of Nature and the Environment, the Clinical School Wellbeing Programmeare is running a photo competition with some fantastic prizes. For information on categories, prizes and terms and conditions, view the poster below and submit entries to cswellbeing@admin.cam.ac.uk
 
Lunchtime Meditation
When: Monday – Friday, 13:15 –13:30, through the Spring and Summer.
Spend 15 mindful minutes relaxing or meditating with the University’s mindfulness practitioner, Elizabeth English. Open free of charge to students, staff and alumni across the world. Click here for more information (raven protected)
 
Wellbeing Voice Workshops
When: 4 May 12:30 – 13:30
Wellbeing through vocal exercises and singing.
Click here for more information and to book
 
Good Mood Café with Mind
When: 10 May, 11:00 – 12:00
Join this interactive virtual session to connect with like-minded peers, pick up wellbeing tips, offer wellbeing support and share interests and skills. Please book here.
 
Grow your Own Fruit & Vegetables - no garden required with Doug Stewart
When: 10 May, 13:00 – 14:00
Back by popular demand, Doug Stewart will be sharing tips and inspiration on successfully growing your own fruit and vegetables. Please book here.
 
Yoga
When: 11 May, 10:00 – 10:45
Yoga with Daisy is primarily about having fun, giving things a go, and trying – with a sense of humour and a smile on your face! It’s a non-competitive practice, with modifications for different levels. All she asks is that you try, and that you practice with a sense of pleasure and enjoyment, rather than expectation, frustration and tensions. For Daisy, yoga has been a consistent friend in her life – especially in times of need – and has had nothing to do with perfecting poses! Please book here.
 
Are the kids alright?
When: 11 May, 12:00 – 13:00
Tamsin Ford CBE (Psychiatry), will explore the evidence impacts of the upheavals of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on children and young people – is there a Tsunami of mental health conditions or are the kids alright? Please book here.
 
OCD - Theories, Treatments & Challenges
When: 12 May, 10:00 – 11:00
This talk, delivered by Jan van Niekerk, Clinical Psychologist, aims to give an accessible overview of obsessive-compulsive disorder, illustrated with anonymised real-life examples. Please book here.
 
“Strangers on the Bridge” – in conversation with Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin MBE, interviewed by Ed Bullmore
When: 12 May, 12:00 – 13:00
Neil and Jonny will be sharing their very personal and impactful story of 2 strangers who met under dramatic events in 2008, subsequently separated during that event and then reunited via social media in 2014 to meet for the second time 6 years later. Now, they are award winning mental health campaigners. Please book here.
 
Resilience and Overcoming Adversity - Richard McCann
When: 13th May,12:00 – 13:00
Brought up on the ‘At Risk’ register, a children's home, foster families and then by his often violent, alcoholic father took away any self esteem that Richard had. He lost his mother in tragic circumstances and after other events, he reached rock-bottom before finally deciding to find the gut wrenching determination to turn his life around. In this virtual seminar Richard will share his story and the strategies that helped him not just survive but thrive because of his adversity. Please book here.
 
Mindful Nature and Nurture - A Mindfulness workshop with Esther Hunt
When: 14 May, 10:00 – 11:00
Esther will be offering a range of mindful practices and will draw upon the work of Mark Williams, Patrizia Collard, and Sue Stuart-Smith (The Well Gardened Mind). Please book here.
 
Psychosis - Making and Inhabiting a Different Reality
When: 14 May, 12:00 – 13:00
Delivered by Paul Fletcher (Psychiatry), Paul aims to remove stigma and reduce suffering by demystifying psychosis. Please book here.
 
University Mental Health Awareness Week 
When: 10-16 May

The University has curated a wide-ranging programme of talks and activities marking Mental Health Awareness Week.  The week forms part of the University's commitment to promoting good mental and physical health for all.  
 
The webpage has full programme details.  Some events require you to book in advance, and some are pre-recorded and can be accessed at any time from 10 May.  Where possible, live sessions will be recorded and links will be posted on these webpages to be viewed at your convenience.  
 
The theme of this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is 'Nature and the Environment'. We are therefore encouraging staff and students to make use of the outdoors and as such the University Sports Centre are challenging us to collectively travel to the moon!

DISTANCE TO THE MOON CHALLENGE! 
Let’s get moving as a single University of Cambridge community to achieve two clear targets to clock up a combined distance equivalent to travelling around the world, and then to travel to the moon! You can clock up distance by walking, running, cycling, swimming, wheelchair racing – however you like!  See the dedicated webpage to take part.
 
To infinity and beyond! Well actually, just the moon! 
 
Follow us on Twitter @EqualityCam  #MHAW2021 for updates. 

Posted on 30/04/2021

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