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#TeamMDX Wellbeing Toolkit

Discover a programme of events, activities and resources with your wellbeing toolkit.

An introduction to wellbeing

To keep yourself thriving through your time at university, you need to develop healthy self-care routines and build up a wellbeing toolkit of resources and activities which you can draw upon. Your wellbeing toolkit is a resource or a collection of resources which help to tip the wellbeing scales upwards. Be mindful of stressors and challenges which can tip the wellbeing scale downwards. In more challenging times, you will need to counteract this by working especially hard to keep yourself well.

A good place to start is by watching Fika's Thought for the Day which will get you thinking about how you are looking after yourself, 365 days of the year.

  • Health

What are three things can you do this week that will support your physical and mental health?

The World Health Organisation define health as a "state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

Check out some ways on how to look after your health below, and read up on other ideas and tips on the health and wellbeing pages.

Find out more about the support that the university can offer with your mental health on the support area of UniHub.

Do you know how to access healthcare should you need it? It's important that you are registered with a doctor (a GP) during your time at university, and that your vaccinations are up to date. Knowing where you can go if you become unwell is an important piece of your toolkit.

If you aren't sure, find out more here and email wellbeing@mdx.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Resilience/bouceback-ability

Resilience is a skill which we develop over time and knowing how to cope when times get tough is an important set of skills you need for your wellbeing toolkit. Watch this webinar with Student Wellbeing Coorindator Vanessa and Postgraduate student and communications team member Evana on how to develop your resilience.

Finding physical activities that you enjoy is a valuable piece of your wellbeing toolkit.

Regular physical activity not only keeps us a healthy weight, but strengthens our muscles and bones, reduces fatigue and improves sleep, lowers blood pressure and improves our mood and mental health.

Join MDX Moves, MDX Moves is a way of getting rewarded for being physically active! Walk, run, cycle, and stay active to get points. When added up, your points can then be redeemed for a variety of rewards from high street and sports brands

Free sports sessions from MDX: every week sports offer a timetable of free virtual activities for you to tap into. Find out more here.

Feel inspired with virtual activities and inspiration targeted at women of all ages, from the This Girl Can campaign.

Find inspiration and resources to help people with long-term health conditions get active from the We Are Undefeatable campaign and speak to the Disability and Dyslexia Service.

Student nurse self care handbook

Though designed specifically for student nurses by Zoe Carciente, one of our lecturers, this booklet contains great self-care tips that apply to all of us.

Student nurse self care handbook

  • Culture and Leisure

What are three things that you can do this week that you find fun and you enjoy doing?

Having a few of these activities in your toolkit is essential so that when the going gets tough, you know what to do that will bring you joy. Perhaps it's an exercise class, being creative, or discovering a new podcast or series on Netflix.

Wellbeing Support Podcasts

Student Support and Wellbeing are working with Student Light to bring you a weekly MDX Covid Support Podcast! Hosted by Kate & Simone, two of our Counsellors in the Counselling and Mental Health team.

These podcasts will feature guest students and staff answering questions, debating topics important to you including your health, wellbeing, studies, relationships and more, you can find the introduction episode here. Check back every week for the latest episode Want to catch up on previous episodes?

No problem, you can watch them online. If you'd like to get involved let us know!

  • Identity and community

What are three things can you do this week that support your identity and make you feel part of a community?

Become a part of Dear #TeamMDX

Dear #TeamMDX is a new, exciting way for you to support your peers and make connections through the #TeamMDX community!

Over the last year, we recognise that it’s been harder to make meaningful connections with peers, and good news has been harder to come by.

By taking part in Dear #TeamMDX, you'll be sending a positive message of support and kindness to a fellow student, helping them to feel part of the #TeamMDX community, keeping yourself connected with others, and perhaps making a lasting connecting with a peer.

To get involved, take a look at the Dear #TeamMDX page and fill in the short form.

#BlackLivesMatter

As part of #TeamMDX we have a duty to educate ourselves and others around us continuously. There is power and change in knowledge.

We encourage you to check out our selection of powerful resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement in our Educate Yourself section.

We have launched the Wall of Black Excellence to recognise and celebrate Black excellence within our community. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to tell us about a Black student, alumni or a member of staff at Middlesex that you think has made a significant contribution to our community and that everyone else should also know about! Go ahead and nominate!

We have a thriving Black community at MDX. Check out the MDXSU Black Students Assembly, a group which aims to represent and make changes for students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean heritage, both within the University and nationally.

The African-Caribbean Society (ACS), is a society that discusses aspects of modern culture such as politics, literature and music as well as developing the skills and knowledge that go alongside a successful career. We also have the Student Healthcare Academics Race Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Network (SHAREDIN) which aims to reach nursing students from the Black Asian and Minority (BAME) background to ensure that their voices are heard in the faculty and University.

Never has 'Stand Together' by Dub Pistols ft Rhoda Dakar been so prescient. Rhoda is a current student, and we are so excited to share her song with you!

Find out more about how Middlesex is championing equality on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion page.

Hullo

If you are feeling lonely, need to unwind or get some guidance or just have a chat with someone new, call ‘Hullo’. Hullo formed during Covid-19 to support students.
Hullo aren't a medical or mental health organisation, counselling service or helpline, but you will speak with a trained volunteer – so it’s a safe space for you to have a chat on any topic, be it movies, music, or even just the weather!
Call on 0800 001 4455 daily 9am-9pm and for up to 20 minutes at a time about anything you like.

Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. They empower students and members of the university community to look after their own mental health, support others and create change.

Student Minds are now offering bespoke support for the following student communities:

  • Work and career

What are three things can you do this week that will support your work and career goals?

Find ideas below, and find out about the university teams that can suport you on the MDXworks area of UniHub.

Perhaps you are not working at the moment and some advice from the Student Welfare Advice Team about what financial support is available to you would be useful for your wellbeing toolkit?

MDXworks support services and finding immediate work

During these uncertain times, MDXworks are currently hosting drop-in sessions remotely: Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 16:00 via phone on 0208 411 6161 or by emailing the MDXWorks team.

There are also immediate work and income opportunities available for you, which can be found on the MDXworks UniHub pages.

Helpful guides can be accessed online in the resources section.

Additional resources

The Mentor Academy is a world-class and freely available online mentor training course for students. If you're looking to learn a new skill, why not try mentoring - this will be great to add to your CV and you'll learn useful tips along the way for your own wellbeing toolkit.
Create your future! Employability Podcast:
This is the Criminology and Sociology Department’s Create Your Future Podcast Series! Each episode, we’ll be speaking to experts in various fields. The questions were sent in by MDX students. Have a question for our practitioners? Email Mia (m.scally@mdx.ac.uk) or Jacqui (j.gibbs@mdx.ac.uk) and we will be sure to include them! Listen here.

MDX= Wellbeing Mental Health & Employability

MDXworks recently ran an MDX = day and series of events to raise awareness of mental health and the employability. Despite a record percentage of young people applying for university places in recent times, a large number of students will have issues with their mental health or wellbeing at some point during their academic studies. This can have an impact on your ability to find, secure and sustain employment. MDXworks want you to let you know that you are not alone.

View the recordings of a series of talks with a variety of professionals who will share their experiences.

MDX= Wellbeing Mental Health & Employability recordings

  • Study

Here are some resources to help you get into a routine and make the most out of your studies. Make sure to check out our Studying from Home page for more advice and guidance.

What are three things can you do this week that will support your studies? Find ideas below, and find out about the teams that can support you with your studies - the Learning Enhancement Team, Librarians, Student Learning Assistants and the IT team - on the study area of UniHub.

  • And finally, a note on kindness and compassion

Don't forget that your wellbeing toolkit is personal to you. You may need more mental health tools than study tools, or perhaps you need more financial tools than work and career tools. As your circumstances change, so too will your toolkit need to change to maintain good wellbeing. Remember to reach out for support whenever you need it from the University https://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/support and the Students' Union.

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