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Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

18/05/2020
Find out how you can get involved with #TeamMDX during the week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. Here at #TeamMDX we take this opportunity to celebrate mental health awareness and help break down the stigma. This year in particular, it may be more important than ever to highlight the importance of taking care of our mental health as we face an extended period of uncertainty, isolation and difficulty.

This year’s #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek theme is #KindnessMatters. Kindness is crucial to our mental health as being kind strengthens relationships, builds community and deepens our feeling of belonging - all especially important during this time.

Below you can find a timetable of activities from #TeamMDX available for you to help to mark the occasion, start conversations about mental health and kindness and bring us together, virtually. You can also keep an eye on our social media channels through the week as teams around the University and Student’s Union get involved in creative ways.

You can find more information on wellbeing and mental health support on UniHub and our weekly roundup of the best #TeamMDX wellbeing resources.

If you have any queries or are unable to access the Wellbeing team, please email wellbeing@mdx.ac.uk.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week activity timetable

  • Monday 18th May

    TimeSessionHow to joinOpen to
    10amJoin Sport and Recreation’s Olanna for a morning Yoga sessionJoin via Zoom
    Meeting ID: 786 9004 8302 
    Password: karuna 
    Students and staff
    11amHave a Coffee Break with Luke from LSIToday’s theme is coping with Covid-19. Join in for an informal chat on how staff have been coping with Covid, and get a well-earned break from work.

    Join in on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 835 9830 7601

    Password: 2LQUDG

    Staff
    1pmJoin in with Fitness Pod regular Prez for his intense 30 minute cross train workout Join on @Prez_Fitness Instagram live.Students and staff
    1pmOccupational Health and Wellbeing:What’s Available at Middlesex University? Book onlineStaff
    2pmTea & Talk with Mental Health First Aiders. Join onlineStaff
    4pm

    Drop in for a Cuppa Kindness with UniHelp to chat with us about kindness, received and given.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 886 3920 3292

    Password: 025174

    Students and staff
  • Tuesday 19th May

    TimeSessionHow to joinOpen to
    11am

    Have a Coffee Break with Luke from LSIToday’s theme is marking and workload. Join in for a break from work and share tips on managing the marking or workload.

    Join in on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 820 3283 4277

    Password: 5jdi0y

    Staff
    1pmEmbracing Happiness webinar with Optum. Pre-registration required here to receive joining link.Students and staff
    1pmStaff Development: Habits of the Mind. Resilience is relevant to all of us. It concerns out ability to handle both ordinary and extraordinary stress. It can be developed by everyone and is demonstrated when we effectively navigate our way around difficulties and utilise effective methods of coping. This one hour session explores the concept of resilience, what it is and isn’t, how to maintain it in demanding and stressful work contexts and gives participants 4 simple tools to help build healthy habits of mind. Book online.Staff
    2pmTea & Talk with Mental Health First Aiders. Join onlineStaff
    3pmStaff Development: Habits of the Mind. Resilience is relevant to all of us. It concerns out ability to handle both ordinary and extraordinary stress. It can be developed by everyone and is demonstrated when we effectively navigate our way around difficulties and utilise effective methods of coping. This one hour session explores the concept of resilience, what it is and isn’t, how to maintain it in demanding and stressful work contexts and gives participants 4 simple tools to help build healthy habits of mind. Book online.Staff
    4pm

    Drop in for a Cuppa Kindness with UniHelp  to chat with us about kindness, received and given.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 886 3920 3292

    Password: 025174

    Students and staff
    5pmNamaste! Join Jo’s beginner friendly Yoga for Wellbeing via zoom. Pre-booking is required online.Students
  • Wednesday 20th May

    TimeSessionHow to joinOpen to
    10am

    Staff Development: Mindfulness. Using our personal resources to take more control over our lives is one of the most powerful and fulfilling things that we can do. This session is about understanding how we respond to the world around us and using our body, breath and consciousness to direct these resources in much more aware and positive ways. In this one-hour session we will do some simple movement, learn a breathing exercise and explore visualisation with the aim of improving our self-awareness, concentration and focus. Regular practice can help to manage stress, anxiety and improve general well-being.

    Please Book online.

    Staff
    11am

    Have a Coffee Break with Luke from LSIToday’s theme is podcast recommendations. Join in for a an informal chat about any podcasts you’re enjoying and would like to recommend to others.

    Join in on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 897 6393 0041

    Password: 8seU5d

    Staff
    1pmJoin in with Fitness Pod regular Prez for his intense 30 minute cross train workout Find this on @Prez_Fitness Instagram live.Students and staff
    1pm

    Staff Development: Mindfulness. Using our personal resources to take more control over our lives is one of the most powerful and fulfilling things that we can do. This session is about understanding how we respond to the world around us and using our body, breath and consciousness to direct these resources in much more aware and positive ways. In this one-hour session we will do some simple movement, learn a breathing exercise and explore visualisation with the aim of improving our self-awareness, concentration and focus. Regular practice can help to manage stress, anxiety and improve general well-being.

    Please Book online.Staff
    2pmFor many international students far from home, you might be feeling that it’s especially important right now to check in with peers going through similar experiences. Join the MDXSU’s international student hangout to chat about your wellbeing and make sure you feel supported by the university and the SU.Book by 12pm on the 20th to get the zoom link via the SU event page.Students
    2pmTea & Talk with Mental Health First Aiders. Join onlineStaff
    4pm

    4pm: Drop in for a Cuppa Kindness with UniHelp to chat with us about kindness, received and given.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 886 3920 3292

    Password: 025174

    Students and staff
    5pm

    Join Sport and Recreation’s Kessi's floor barre class.

    Join via zoom.

    Meeting ID: 537 605 8080

    Password: 8KGpEW

    Students and staff
    5:30pmJoin the MDXSU Disabled Students meet up at 17:30 for a safe space to chat about how you are feeling. Event will be listed on the MDXSU website.Students
  • Thursday 21st May

    TimeSessionHow to joinOpen to
    10am

    Staff Development: How to be Mentally Healthy at Work (10:00-12:00). Explains how you can be mentally healthy at work, giving practical suggestions for what you can do and where you can go for support.

    Please Book online.

    Staff
    11amHave a Coffee Break with Luke from LSIToday’s break is a household scavenger hunt! You will be given an item to find in your house and the first one back to the camera wins a point. Item cannot be within arm’s reach or being worn! 

    Join in on Zoom.

    Meeting ID: 832 5647 5899

    Password: 4CcKM4

    Staff
    11amJoin Fika’s Livestream: Mental Health Awareness Week with Dr Fran Longstaff - learn more about the science of kindness, how kind acts can reduce stress, improve connections and boost your immune system. Download Fika if you haven’t already, available on Android and Apple.Join Fika’s LivestreamStudents and staff
    12pmNamaste! Join Jo’s beginner friendly Yoga for Wellbeing via zoom. Pre-booking is required, please book online.Students
    1pmResearch has shown that singing as part of a group improves breathing and posture, prompts the release of feel-good chemicals and helps improve wellbeing. Join in with Angie's Keep Calm and Sing group. Pre-book by emailing Angie: missangiea@yahoo.co.ukStudents and staff
    1pmMental Health Fundamentals for Managers webinar with Optum. Pre booking required here to receive joining linkStaff
    2pmTea & Talk with Mental Health First Aiders. Join onlineStaff
    3pmGet involved with the #TeamMDX Tea Party! Join in for a stress-free chat about anything that is on your mind. Don’t forget to bring your tea/coffee! Get involved, talk or just listen in for some company.Join in onlineStudents
    4pm

    Drop in for a Cuppa Kindness with UniHelp to chat with us about kindness, received and given.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 886 3920 3292

    Password: 025174

    Students and staff
    5pm

    Join Sports and Recreation’s Aliyah for a 30 minute full body workout circuit class

    Join via zoom.

    Meeting ID
    : 886 3920 3292
    Password: 025174
    Students and staff
  • Friday 22nd May

    TimeSessionHow to joinOpen to
    11am

    Have a Coffee Break with Luke from LSI for tips for keeping active at home. Today’s theme is home workouts.

    Join on Zoom

    Meeting ID: 867 5479 5631

    Password: 5VDN10

    Staff
    1pmJoin in with Fitness Pod regular Prez for his intense 30 minute cross train workout, live on InstagramFollow @Prez_Fitness InstagramStudents and staff
    1pmGet the Best of Stress webinar with Optum. Pre-booking required here to receive joining link.Students and staff
    2pmTea & Talk with Mental Health First Aiders. Join onlineStaff
    4pm

    Drop in for a Cuppa Kindness with UniHelp to chat with us about kindness, received and given.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 886 3920 3292

    Password: 025174

    Students and staff
    6pm

    Join in with Sport and Recreation’s Pub Quiz! Get your glad rags on, pull up to that favourite spot on the sofa and grab your favourite tipple.  Download the mobile app Kahoot. Follow the steps until you are prompted to enter your pin. Here is where we will issue the pin number for you to join our weekly pub quiz.

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 885 4247 7489

    Password: PubQuiz

    Students and staff
    8pm

    Join Sport and Recreation’s Audrey for a Friday night Zumba class .

    Join via Zoom

    Meeting ID: 979 141 8121

    Password: MDXCLASS

    Students and staff

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