Mental Health Awareness Week 8th-14th May 2017
What is it?
A calendar week dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness, health and wellbeing in society.
What does it mean to me?
Today there is greater encouragement to break the stigma that surround mental health issues. There is more focus in today’s society on encouraging a different opinion towards mental health, as well as the promotion of better mental health, understanding and resilience. People are being encouraged to reach out and talk about their problems more than ever.
As a student at university the stress and anxiety of sitting exams and approaching deadlines can begin to have a detrimental effect on mental health and seem very overwhelming to some.
There are a number of ways to reduce the risks of mental ill-health during these demanding times. It is vital that you reach out to family and friends or anybody who plays a supportive role in your life.
Top tips on looking after yourself
- Talk about your feelings. It does not show weakness to say “ I am not coping well” just having another person there that can listen to you as you offload can be a real help if you are troubled.
- Exercise regularly. When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins. These endorphins interact with the receptors in your brain that reduce your perception of pain. Endorphins also trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
- Eat a healthy diet. What you eat has an effect on your mental health, as with any other organ in the human body your brain needs to be able to function well and stay healthy.
- Reduce your alcohol intake. When feeling low or stressed it is very easy to reach for the bottle, however, this is only a short term solution. Withdrawal from alcohol will affect the way you think and feel mentally and psychically. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, and that this is spread across the week as opposed to a short period of time.
- Ask for help. Everybody finds life difficult sometimes and it is essential that you approach a family member or friend who is able to offer a shoulder to cry on or assist with practical help rather than trying to cope alone.
Struggling with exam stress?
There are a number of online resources available if you feel you are struggling to cope with exams/ deadlines or any other aspects of mental health.
You may find these links helpful:
BBC Advice – Exam stress
What’s available in the library?
We also have a variety of self help and mental health awareness books and Ebooks available in our library catalogue.
The study Skills Handbook. An essential handbook every student needs to survive university.
Mainstock- 371.30281 MCM
Exercise for Mood and Anxiety. Proven strategies for overcoming depression and enhancing well being. Management of low mood & stress, step by step guide how to start & maintain an exercise program geared towards improving mood.
Ebook- Electronic access from the library website.
The Food and Mood Handbook. Find relief at last from depression, anxiety, PMS, cravings and mood swings.
Mainstock- 615.854 GEA
Overcoming anxiety, stress and panic. A five areas approach.
Mainstock- 616.852206 WIL
Leeds Trinity Counselling Service
Leeds Trinity University counselling service provides the opportunity to talk in confidence about any issues causing concern. Your views and opinions will be respected and you will not be judged.
Once you’re here, it’s easy to request an appointment for short-term counselling. Sessions are available through the week during term-time and there is some provision throughout holidays.
You can make an enquiry with our full-time Counsellor, Sue Jack, on +44 (0) 113 283 7192, firstname.lastname@example.org or by coming along to one of the scheduled daily drop-in sessions.
#mentalhealthawarenessweek Library Giveaway
As it’s #mentalhealthawarenessweek, we are giving away a copy of this fabulous zine, called ‘Do What You Want’, edited by Ruby Tandoh & Leah Pritchard. It’s beautifully illustrated & wonderfully insightful, and reminds us that mental well-being is for everyone!
How to enter
… and don’t worry if you don’t win, we also have a copy of this available in the library at: Mainstock – 362.2 PRI
***competition ends 4pm Friday 12th May 2017