Saturday 10 October is World Mental Health Day - an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. Mental health problems can affect anybody at any time. World Mental Health Day is a time to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing.
Edinburgh Napier University offers a range of services to support students:
Wellbeing & Inclusion Team
The Student Wellbeing & Inclusion Team offer services to help you feel content, healthy and supported. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, their face-to-face services have been paused, but support is still available online. You can find out more on myNapier.
Counselling & Mental Wellbeing
If you are experiencing difficulties with your mental health, drop the Counselling & Mental Wellbeing Team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 455 2459. The team operates 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and is a non-crisis service. If you need to speak to someone urgently outside of office hours, please consult emergency and out of hours support.
Togetherall is an online community for mental health support. It is available 24 hours a day, every day, and can provide you with resources and access to an anonymous online community who will be sharing their own experiences and ideas about how best to cope.
Register for free using your University e-mail address. https://togetherall.com/
Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop
Wed 14 Oct 2020, 3:00 pm - 4:30pm on Webx. This workshop provides a basic introduction to mindfulness, including a brief exploration of what mindfulness is and background information on the history and the nature of mindfulness practice. Throughout the presentation, participants will be invited to explore the experiential meaning of mindfulness for themselves by taking part in a few simple exercises that are commonly used within mindfulness training. The workshop will last around 1.5 hrs with time to comment, give feedback or ask questions at the end through the chat option.
Book your free place here.
Settling in and Managing Wellbeing at University Workshop
Feeling overwhelmed starting University during a Pandemic? Don't know where to start with what you need to know? Need some help managing change and your wellbeing? You’re not alone! Watch this online Wellbeing Workshop which was held and recorded on the 16 of September.
Sleep Management Workshop
Wed 14 Oct 2020, 11:00 am - 12:30pm. The Sleep Management workshop will explore briefly why we sleep, the cycles of sleep and how much sleep a person might need. It will then go onto identify behaviours and habits, which may negatively impact on our sleep, as well as identifying those which may encourage better sleep management. Then using a CBT framework, it will guide us through some practical exercises around helping to manage worry and its impact on sleep. Finally, the workshop will highlight some additional self-help strategies and resources around promoting a better sleep.
Book your free place on the workshop.
Other Sources of Help
There are also some great sources of help available that are not affiliated with Edinburgh Napier University:
- Breathing Space - This is a confidential helpline for anyone who feels overwhelmed and needs someone to listen. Find out more at breathingspace.scot/
- Nightline - Confidential telephone and instant messaging helpline run by students for students. All volunteers are trained. Find out more at ednightline.com/
- Samaritans - Confidential 24 hour helpline by trained volunteers for anyone feeling overwhelmed. Find out more at samaritans.org
ENSA’s Feel Fab Feb Campaign
For the past 2 years ENSA have run “Feel Fab Feb” – a month full of events aimed at improving student mental health and wellbeing. Throughout the month of February there are a range of events such as mindfulness drop-in sessions, mental health workshops and training sessions along with free sports sessions to encourage students to get active. Look out for more info nearer the time!
Spending some time walking outdoors can be a great way unwind and get away from the stresses of everyday life. Edinburgh has lots of great walking routes in and around the city, so why not check some out?
You can find some routes on Visit Scotland.
There are also some great routes on this blog.