World mental health day

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma.

Join in the following events hosted by the University on Thursday 10 October for World Mental Health Day and play your part.

Mental Health Graffiti Walls

Look out for our mental health graffiti walls around our Marylebone, Cavendish and Harrow campuses and add your own views on why mental health and wellbeing are important and how we can remove stigma around these issues.

A Practical Introduction to Meditation and Mindfulness

Harrow Campus Prayer Room G1.1 - (10.00AM – 11.00AM)

In this session, Assistant Interfaith Adviser David Morris will give a guided introduction to a meditation technique. Learning to rest our awareness in the present moment through the practice of meditation can bring us into closer communication with the state of our emotional, spiritual, physical and mental wellbeing and may provide insights into what supports our mental health.

This session will serve as a good introduction to the eight-week programme of free weekly sessions that will be beginning across all campuses from Monday 14 October.

Compassion and Resilience

Cavendish House Room 1.14 - (12.00PM - 2.00PM)

We are offering a unique opportunity to listen to two of the University’s experts in the areas of wellbeing, compassion and resilience. These will be interactive sessions, encouraging reflection and introducing useful techniques.  

Kathryn Waddington, from the School of Social Sciences, will focus on the theme of self-compassion and mental health, drawing on the work of Kristen Neff. She will be joined by Nishat Begum, a third year Psychology student, who has been integrating Kristen Neff’s self-compassion resources in a project funded by the Quintin Hogg Trust. 

Justin Haroun, Director of the University of Westminster’s Centre for Resilience, will lead a session on rapid resilience, providing an overview of techniques that have been successfully taught in a range of organisations, including Microsoft and the NHS to help colleagues to develop resilience. 

Do not forget to check out ThriveLDN for more information about activities around London celebrating World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October.