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I want to develop my mental fitness and mental health

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We know we need to exercise our bodies for optimal health, fitness and performance, but what about our minds?
When it comes to mental health, prevention is better than cure. Fika teaches mental fitness and can help you to thrive in every area of your life.

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Here are a few ideas:

  • Try getting into a gratitude habit. Did you know that noting down what you are grateful for every day, no matter how small, has a positive effect on wellbeing? Try a free app like Presently to keep you on track and to get ideas for ways to find things to be grateful for
  • Have you tried a mindful breathing exercise before? Why not try this 3 minute one and do it every night before bed, or any other time you need to relax. There are a number of mindfulness exercises available to you via Kanopy
  • Explore these NHS resources on looking after yourself
  • Try being more physically active
  • Watch these short podcasts called ‘Man up’ on expectations on men and mental health
  • Perhaps it would be useful for you to visit your GP to talk about your mental health and getting some additional support? If you aren’t sure how to talk to your GP about your mental health, read this short article from the Mental Health Foundation which gives you some tips
  • You can refer yourself for support from the Counselling and Mental Health Team or request a one-off appointment to speak to a member of the team within 3 business days.

If you are a student currently overseas

Collaborating with our teams at Spectrum Counselling, we are able to offer a confidential service of emotional support especially for students not residing in the UK through telephone and Whatsapp, wherever you are. ​Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year​:

​WhatsApp: Text 'Hi' to +353 87 369 0010​​

Just mention you’re an international Middlesex Student. We’re here to listen.​ You can also still access several services from Counselling and Mental Health like support groups, workshops, along with many other services from Student Support and Wellbeing. A page is dedicated for overseas student support with relevant information.

If you are a student living in Optivo halls of residence

If you are living in Platt, Ivy, Usher and Writtle halls, you have access to 24/7 Call Backs by a counsellor through the Optivo programme, without having to wait for MDX Counselling and Mental Health slots during working hours.​

Just call the free number 0800 028 3766, and ask to speak with a counsellor, and that you are a student living in an Optivo Student Halls. They will get your call back to speak to a counsellor right away.​ You can also access ongoing support through weekly Counselling sessions through this programme.​

Twining Enterprise: support if you have a mental health condition and would like employment support

If you are aged 18-25, live in the borough of Barnet, and have a mental health condition or struggle with stress, speak to Twining Enterprise who can support you to find a job, apprenticeship or training. You will be supported to develop your confidence to tackle the market of work. You will receive a 5 modular programme on employability skills and some one to one sessions to delve into your specific needs and support needed. Refer yourself for support through the Twining Enterprise website.

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