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Newcastle University Mental Health Awareness Day: Encouraging Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing

Date: Thursday 9th May 2013

Time: 10:00 - 14:00

Location: The Venue, Students Union, and various other locations across campus

Directions: Students' Union and King's Gate

Background to Event

The Student Wellbeing Service will be hosting the annual University Mental Health Awareness Day with the main focus surrounding Encouraging Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing. The event is designed around the Five Ways to Wellbeing which includes:

• Connecting with people around you
• Being active
• Taking notice of your surroundings
• Keep learning
• And giving
as well as raising the awareness of mental health issues.

It is our aim to make this campaign suitable for all students, highly visible, interactive and informative with stands and fun activities in various locations around campus.

You may be aware that one in four people will be affected by a mental health problem at some point in their lives. The Student Wellbeing Service are committed to raising awareness of mental health issues and the support that is available. We encourage our students to talk about mental health to aid recovery, strengthen friendships and take the taboo out of something that affects us all. With this in mind, the Encouraging Positive Mental Health and Wellbeing Event has been designed to remind us all, that a few small words can make a big difference.

What's on?

There will be lots of representatives from different companies and organisations, both internal and external to the University, who will able to provide information on local support and initiatives. In addition, there will be activities, events and stalls focused on the five ways to wellbeing.

All events are free and open to all students.

A-Z of events and activities

Allotment – Student Eats turns areas of campuses into versatile growing areas, installing polytunnels, green houses and cold frames to extend the growing season, as well as providing a range of gardening equipment and horticultural expertise. Championed by a team of dedicated students, staff and members of the local community, these sites are used to grow produce which is shared among the volunteers, as well as sold at low cost to other students and often even to on-campus catering services. As more and more students become interested in growing their own produce, as well as being conscientious of the ethical and environmental impact of their food choices, Student Eats is a great opportunity to grow, eat and share food which is organic, nutritious, fresh, local, low-carbon and – most importantly of all – delicious! Aside from promoting sustainable food patterns and localised economics, Student Eats is really eager to use these projects to strengthen community bonds and build cross-cultural connections. As part of the project SCAN have acquired a large allotment plot of our own and need volunteers to help out with a range of tasks based around food growing, this is a great opportunity to get out of the concrete jungle that is Newcastle City Centre, meet new people and get some fresh air. As always equipment and transport will be provided by SCAN as well as a nice healthy lunch! If anyone would like to come along and help out contact to sign up.

Basket Ball Free Throw Competition – In partnership with Go Play, there will be a basket ball competition on the grass outside of the Students Union. Come along from 12 noon to our free throw challenge and see how high you can get up the leader board!

Careers Service - Come along to The Venue, Students Union, and explore what the Careers Service can offer you whilst you are at University and after you graduate.

Chaplaincy - The Chaplaincy is here for everyone on the journey together and can offer you prayer and worship, confidential listening and support, faith exploration, spiritual accompaniment, discussion and engagement, meditation and of course, socials, fun and friendship! Visit the Student Wellbeing stand at The Venue to find out more.

Doodle Board - Have you got something to say? Do you have a good tip for making yourself feel better? Share your thoughts by writing it / drawing it on the Doodle Board at The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm.

Go Play – Sports clubs not for you? Never been sporty but want to try something new or just have a go at something without having to commit to a full year? Try a new sport or ease into a new one with entry level coaching and no pressure to complete. For more information, come along to The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm to see what is on offer....

Indian Head Massages - The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport have arranged for a Holistic Massage Therapist to be on hand to offer free Indian Head Massages. Come along to The Venue to take up this fantastic offer. No appointment needed.

Language Resource Centre - It is well known that those who are able to speak more than one language have an important advantage, both in life or in their career. Even if you are not able to learn languages as part of your degree programme you are still welcome to use the award-winning Language Resource Centre. Come along to The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm to learn more about the amazing abundance of learning materials and equipment they have on offer!

Language Resource Centre – Tour! – You can access self-study resources at the multi-million pound state of the art study centre in over 50 languages and in a range of formats including 40 PCs equipped with language learning software, 24 satellite channels in 17 languages, 800 foreign language films, online English language study materials and a language learning podcasting site. To view the Language Resource Centre and see what else they have on offer, please report to the reception, Level 2 of the Old Library Building (accessed via the old quadrangle entrance) at 1pm.

Library Services – Every wondered about the famous library penguins? Do you know all about the many services that you can access at the Library? Come along to find out more on how the library can help you in your studies.

Massages – Fancy a free massage from an experience masseur? Massages last 10-15 minutes and are extremely soothing. Come along to The Venue at Students Union from 11am

Meditation - Join Sujatin Johnson as she leads Meditation for Relaxation at Newcastle University, 19/20 Windsor Terrace (behind the Robinson Library) at 1:00-1:40pm

Mind – An information stall will be present in The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm. Come along to find out more about their volunteering opportunities in partnership with Change Makers and see what Mind can offer you.

Music - Newcastle Student Radio (NSR) will be in attendance to provide music, DJ's and entertainment for the event.

Mythbusters - As part of the Library's involvement in Mental Health Awareness day, their staff are putting together some mythbusting PowerPoint slides which will pop up at random moments on all our library plasma screens throughout the week. Come along to one of our library’s to test your knowledge!

NHS Primary Care Psychology – The Assistant Psychologists offer groups and classes on various common mental health problems such as stress control. They also offer Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety and depression. Come and visit their stall to find out how they could help you.

NHS Foundation Trust - Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust - NE Mental Health Research Network will be able to provide information about research in the North East.

Open Mic – MensBar's Open Mic night Homemade Jam is back! The standard rules apply: turn up, listen and play. It's as simple as that – anyone is welcome. You could win a free bottle of bubbly if you play, and MensBar's own 'Mind Over Matter' real ale will be on sale for just £2.50 a bottle. [Note: PA will be provided, please bring your own instrument]

Patient Information Centre – The Patient Information Centre will be present in The Venue, Students Union from 10am to 2pm. The services offered by the Centre are available to everyone, not only to patients. You may have questions about a particular health issue or need to find the name of a support group. Whatever your question, the Centre is here to help you.

Quiz 1 - Do you recon you could match the celebrity/sports person to the mental illness? The answers might just surprise you..... Come along to the NHS Primary Care Psychology stall to test your knowledge!

Quiz 2 - Come along and test your knowledge on the library services and what they offer, including the famous penguins! Visit the library services stall for more information.

Recyke y'bike – Come along to The Venue to find out what Recyke y'bike is all about and the amazing services that they offer such as volunteering opportunities and training courses.

Reflexology - The Centre for Physical Recreation and Sport have arranged for a Holistic Massage Therapist to be on hand to offer free Indian Head Massages. Come along to The Venue to take up this fantastic offer. No appointment needed.

SCAN – Student Community Action Newcastle has been helping students and other young people access volunteering opportunities across the North East. SCAN is a vibrant and lively young person led charity that aims to provide a wide variety of quality volunteering opportunities, through running their own community projects and by working with other charitable/community organisations.

Sports Centre – At Newcastle we believe that your time spent at University should be so much more than just getting a degree or a career. The Centre for Physical Recreation & Sport (CPRS), in conjunction with the Athletic Union and its 50+ Sports Clubs, offers an exciting range of sporting opportunities. Come along to The Venue, Students Union to find out more about what facilities they have and what programmes they offer. They have something for everyone whatever your ability or experience – from student to staff, from casual user to club session, from novice to elite performer.

Student Advice Centre - The Student Advice Centre is a confidential, professional service provided by the Students' Union and is staffed by trained, experienced advisers. They offer a sympathetic listening ear, information, advice, assistance and representation on a wide range of issues including academic, disciplinary, finance, accommodation, legal information, personal/family, consumer and employment. The Student Advice Centre will not be at this event in person but they will be providing promotional material on the Welfare and Equality table. The SAC are just two floors above The Venue on level 0, so if you do need any advice, you are more than welcome to go and visit them.

Students Union – Students Union representatives will be in The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm. They will be on hand to let you know all about what the Students Union have on offer such as societies, campaigns and much more!

Student Wellbeing Service – Come along to The Venue, Students Union between 10am and 2pm to find out what the Student Wellbeing Service can offer you in terms of financial support and advice, disability support and mental health and counselling services.

Table Tennis – In partnership with Go Play, there will be a table tennis session running between 12 noon and 2pm at The Venue, Students Union. Grow some ping-pong balls and show us what you’re made of!

Time to Change - Mental health problems are common - but nearly nine out of ten people who experience them say they face stigma and discrimination as a result. This can be even worse than the symptoms themselves. Time to Change is England's biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination. Come along to The Venue to find out more about what Time to Change can offer...

Walk - Students are invited to join a member of the Student Wellbeing Team on a gentle walk around Newcastle. The walk starts at 12:30. Please meet outside of the visitors centre, level 1 King's Gate.

For more information on any of these events or activities or if you wish to take part please contact Stephanie Matthews on 0191 208 6133 or e-mail