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University Mental Health Day

Thursday 4 March 2021

University Mental Health Day brings together the university community to make mental health a priority.

So come and join us for a variety of free virtual mental and physical wellbeing sessions including meditation, stretching, wellbeing walks and a sports quiz.

This year, more than ever, looking after both our physical and mental wellbeing is crucial, and although we might not be able to offer in-person sessions, Thursday 4 March will be a great opportunity to take a well-deserved break with the support of expert practitioners and instructors at UoB Sport & Fitness.

Everyone is welcome to join any of the virtual sessions, and they are all free to attend. Discover more about what’s on offer below.

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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES

Morning Meditation

9.30am, Thursday 4 March

Join Gym Instructor, Peter Antonio, for 15 minutes of morning meditation. This mindful session will introduce you to the practise of meditation.

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

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Peter Antonio, gym instructor at Sport & Fitness

Stand Up & Stretch

1 – 1.30pm, Thursday 4 March

Take 30 minutes away from your desk to feel the benefits of an active and regenerating break. No need to change your clothes if you can move freely, this session will involve gentle exercises and stretches to counteract the effects of sitting down all day. You will need a yoga mat / towel / comfortable surface to lie on.

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

Please provide a valid email address

Helen Coy, Participation Manager at Sport & Fitness

Refresh Your Mind Meditation

1.30pm, Thursday 4 March

The perfect way to follow the Stand Up & Stretch session. Join Gym Instructor, Peter Antonio, for 15 minutes of guided meditation practise to take a break from your busy day, calm your mind, and refocus for the afternoon.

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

Please provide a valid email address

Peter Antonio, gym instructor at Sport & Fitness

Mental Health and Wellbeing in Sport: What we can learn from it

3 – 3.30pm, Thursday 4 March

Join Sport Psychologist, Christian Pszyk and Performance Lifestyle Advisor, Jo Eley, to learn more about some of the lifestyle and psychological support techniques high performing athletes are given, and how we can adapt and benefit from those for ourselves in our daily lives.

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

Please provide a valid email address

Christian Pszyk, Sport Psychologist at Sport & Fitness

Doga (Dog-Yoga!)

4 – 4.30pm, Thursday 4 March

Join Helen Coy and Doga partner, George, for an exclusive introduction to Doga session suitable for all abilities! Helen and George will guide you through a series of simple, relaxing poses which you can either do alone or with your canine friend!

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

Please provide a valid email address

George the dog

Sports Quiz

5.15 – 6pm, Thursday 4 March

Do you think you have the best sporting knowledge at the University of Birmingham? If so then enter the virtual sports quiz, hosted by your Sports Officer, Rob Hegarty. It’ll feature a wide range of sports questions, with an important Olympics round, so make sure you come prepared!

REGISTER

Please fill in the form below to receive the Zoom details for each session. All sessions are free to attend and you can attend as many different ones as you wish. By completing this form, you are opting in to receive information about University Mental Health Day sessions provided by UoB Sport & Fitness. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Review UoB Sport & Fitness' Privacy Policy at the bottom of our website.

Please provide a valid email address

Rob Hegarty, Sports Officer for 2020-21

Body Attack

6 – 7pm, Thursday 4 March

Did you know, we run free live and on-demand sessions throughout the week via our Home Workout Hub? It’s available to anyone; all you have to do is sign up to get access to the links. Join us on Thursday 4 March for Body Attack with Helen, so you can finish off your day with a fun cardio workout!

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UoB Sport & Fitness Home Workout Hub

The Home Workout Hub is back! Due to our facilities being closed and lots of members asking for it to return, we have relaunched our Vimeo platform full of a range of on-demand classes. Please fill in the form below - even if you did so previously - to gain access to the Home Workout Hub and our new live classes, to be hosted on Zoom!

Please provide a valid email address

Helen Coy, Participation Manager at Sport & Fitness

Walk for Wellbeing Photography Competition

All day Thursday 4 March – 12pm Friday 5 March

To embrace University Mental Health Day, we encourage you to go for a mindful walk in your area and take a photo of something which makes you feel happy, peaceful or grateful. Upload this photo into the Walk for Wellbeing Playwaze community by 12pm on Friday 5 March to be in with the chance of winning official Birmingham Lions merchandise!

Winners will be announced at 4pm on Friday 5 March on @ubsportfitness Instagram, and winners will be emailed directly.

Path through Winterbourne Gardens leading to the wooden bridge over the brook

1st Prize: Official Birmingham Lions merchandise bundle including beanie hat (red or navy), sliders, towel and water bottle

2nd Prize: Sport & Fitness Towel and Water Bottle

  • Avoid capturing people’s faces in photos as we cannot share photos without written consent
  • By submitting your photo to this competition, you are giving consent for the photo to be shared on University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness’ social media channels
  • Please only submit original photography which you took
  • Images must not contain anything which may be deemed offensive or upsetting. Anyone who does so will be removed from the Playwaze community and further action may be taken if deemed necessary
  • Images must be no more than 1 megabyte
  • Entries received after 12pm on Friday 5 March 2021 will not be considered by the judges
  • The judge’s decision is final and there is no cash alternative for the prizes

BUCS Mental Health in Student Sport Webinar

6 – 7pm, Tuesday 2 March

Over the last year, it’s been difficult to stay motivated and engaged during the many lockdowns. However, university sport clubs have been finding new ways to keep morale high and promote positive mental health.

To help tackle this important topic BUCS have an incredible panel featuring: Pippa Cave-Ayland (sports psychiatrist); Issy Walker (chair of the University of Nottingham’s ‘Welfare in Sport’ programme); Danny Fagan, (lacrosse player and Changing MENtality podcast producer) and Sophie Cohen-Jones (Training Manager at Student Minds).

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Wellbeing Services at University of Birmingham

Services

Our self-help guides have been written by clinical psychologists and provide suggestions for simple ways in which you can begin to make positive changes. They contain practical advice and support for a range of issues that may be affecting your sense of wellbeing.

 

  • Wellbeing Officers

Each College and/or School has their own Wellbeing Officer(s). They are able to provide practical and emotional support if you are experiencing personal challenges, particularly when these might interfere with your academic work.

 

Personalised support is run by our friendly and experienced team of psychological practitioners and counsellors, and will offer you a safe and confidential space in which to explore the difficulties you may be facing, and will help you develop effective strategies to overcome them. You don’t need a mental health diagnosis in order to access the service.

 

Guild Advice is a free, impartial and confidential advice service for students at the University of Birmingham. Their Education and Welfare Advisors specialise in the following areas: Academic, Housing, Finance, Wellbeing and International Support.

 

Birmingham Nightline is a confidential and non-judgemental listening and information service run by students. They will listen and support you as you talk through whatever is on your mind.

Pause@UoB Wellbeing Sessions in March

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    Pause Drop-in Sessions

    Need a space to talk about your feelings? Pause@UoB are an NHS-backed initiative that offers you emotional support right here on campus.

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    State of Balance

    10 March 2 – 3pm

    Reflect on principles, actions and mindsets that you can integrate into your life that help you feel emotionally satisfied and balanced in your life. All you need is a notebook and pen.

  • Blue icon: a tree with lots of branches

    Resilience Tree

    3 March & 31 March 3 – 4pm

    A creative workshop where you can draw your own ‘Resilience Tree’, to help recognise your strengths, wishes and goals and increase your emotional resilience. You do not need any art skills to join in!

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    Fuel your Fire

    17 March 3 – 4pm

    An informative workshop aimed at improving wellbeing by looking at energy. Relying on tools to manage energy levels, particularly when life gets tough and practical ways to support an improved lifestyle with enhanced wellbeing. A pen and some paper needed.

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    Wellbeing Boost

    17 March 2 – 3pm

    Have you been feeling anxious, low in mood or concerned about your mental health recently? Maybe you have been struggling for a while.

    This session will provide you with an awareness of some common mental health challenges. You will learn how to check your own wellbeing and where to go if you need more support.

  • Blue icon: person reading

    Let's Read Together

    16 March, 1.30 – 2.30pm on Zoom

    Taking time out to read together, whether that be short stories or poems, is something we don’t often do, and positive benefits of doing this are often overlooked. Designed in collaboration with the Birmingham International Academy, this session is tailored for international students as an opportunity to connect with others and help develop your spoken English language.

For more information and workshop dates for Pause@UoB sessions, visit their intranet page.

Urgent Support

If you or someone you know requires urgent mental health support, please contact one of the services below:

  • call 111 if you or someone you know requires urgent care, but the situation is not life-threatening
  • visit A&E or call 999 if you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening mental health emergency
  • whatever you may be going through, you can call Samaritans at 116 123 to speak to someone confidentially 24 hours a day
  • if you’re a young person and you’re worried about how you’re feeling, you can call Papyrus Hopeline at 0800 068 4141 for confidential and non-judgemental support

If this isn’t something that you feel you’re able to do, make sure that you tell someone about how you’re feeling as soon as possible.

More information about urgent support

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