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Mental Health Awareness Week 2024

13/05/2024
It's Mental Health Awareness Week - 13-19 May. We want to help you ensure that whilst you are at Middlesex you look after and prioritise your Mental Health

Mental Health Awareness Week
We have a host of content, challenges and workshops to support your mental health at Middlesex and beyond.

Mental Health Awareness Week was started 23 years ago by the Mental Health Foundation, with the intention to encourage the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health. The event has grown to become one of the biggest awareness weeks across the UK and globally.

The theme for this year is Moving for Mental Health. Movement is important for our mental health, but so many of us struggle to move enough. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. Going for a walk in your neighbourhood, putting on your favourite music and dancing around the living room, chair exercises when you’re watching television - it all counts!

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to come together and open up a conversation about mental wellbeing, increasing awareness and understanding of mental health conditions and explore different coping strategies and support options.

Middlesex Events | Mon 13 May -  Sun 19 May 2024

Free access to Fitness Pod and Leisure Class Programme | Mon 13 - Fri 17 May at 06:15 - 13:00 | Fitness Pod

MDX Moves Challenge - 10k steps a day | Mon 13 - Fri 19 May

Social outdoor table tennis | Mon 13 May at 12:30 | Fitness Pod

Mental Health Awareness Week

1k1Call Walk | Tue 14 May at 13:15 | Starting at Sunny Hill House - Or wherever you are, anytime during the week
1k activity challenge while raising awareness of the importance of reaching out to our friends, peers, family, colleagues or neighbours to check in with them.
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Lunchtime Bootcamp class | Wed 15 May at 12:15 - 13:45 |  Fitness Pod
Read about and share anonymous worries with your peers and you may find that there’s other going through similar struggles. “A problem shared is a problem halved”.

Counselling & Mental Health

Another way to help you look after your mental health here at Middlesex is to speak to our Counsellors and Mental Health Advisors. They offer support for your emotional wellness and are passionate about you making the most of your university journey. You're not alone.

The quickest way to reach them is through the OneOff request form, but they have other types of support on offer.

If you’re an international student / outside of the UK

We have an online counselling service that you can access from most countries, and where you can even request a counsellor who speaks your first language. WhatsApp 'Hi' to +353 87 369 0010 and mention you’re an international Middlesex Student. There’s always someone to listen.

If you’re staying in Usher, Platt, Ivy, Writtle Halls

The quickest way for you to have contact with a Counsellor for emotional and listening support is through the programme of Optivo set up for free for students in our halls. Please call the free number 0800 028 3766, indicating that you are a student living in an Optivo Student Hall.

Mental Health Awareness Week Content | MDXWellnessHub.com

Mental Health Awareness Week content

See the latest Mental Health Awareness Week content on the MDX Wellness Hub. This includes workshops on understanding mental health and looking after your mental health post-graduation. You can also use the MDX Wellness Hub to navigate the support available to you at Middlesex and beyond.
www.mdxwellnesshub.com/content

See what's going on locally and nationally for Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW)

Resources

Events during MHAW

Events after MHAW

Other Support

Remember that you should always reach out to your GP for guidance on the best resources and support for your health, and that includes your mental health too. If in a life-threatening crisis or emergency, please call 999 for immediate assistance.

Registering with a GP - We recommend registering with a General Practitioner (GP) or doctor as soon as you arrive at Middlesex or the UK. GPs are often the first point of contact and can refer you to more specialist care should you need it. You can register with some GPs such as The Uni Doctor who visit campus on Tuesday and Fridays, however you can decide to register with whichever GP you choose.

Shelter - For housing enquiries, advice and support, you can contact Shelter via phone, web chat and also through their online resources. They are open on weekdays, weekends, and over the Christmas holidays.  

Citizen’s Advice Bureau - can help with a wide range of matters including benefits, money, work, housing and immigration. They have a variety of contact options from the phone, live chat and in-person centres.  

Samaritans - is a telephone, email and visitor service for anyone who needs a space to talk, and they have a 24-hour confidential listening service. Call 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org.uk

Papyrus Hopeline UK - is a confidential helpline for young people dealing with suicide, depression and emotional distress. If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned for someone who might be you can contact HOPELINEUK for confidential support and practical advice.  

Shout - offers support in a crisis, for example if someone is feeling suicidal, at risk of self-harm, abuse or experiencing relationship issues. Text SHOUT to 85258 to start a confidential conversation via text in a life-threatening emergency, or if you are actively suicidal call 999 immediately or go to your nearest Hospital Accident and Emergency dept.

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