University of Westminster hosts successful Wellbeing Day 2019
11 February 2019
The day enabled attendees to engage in a series of activities promoting wellbeing and encouraging communication on mental health. Participants had the opportunity to take part in different workshops such as ‘Know your heart age’, ‘Eat well and be active’ and ‘Think well’, which were co-organised with the British Heart Foundation and with the assistance of four health practitioners. Attendees also had the chance to make their own health drinks on a smoothie bike and try out new wholesome foods from The Farmacy, intended to promote living a healthier life in the long-term.
Representatives from Mind UK were also present offering tips and providing attendees with more information on Mind’s support and activities such as the ongoing five steps campaign exploring five ways that can help develop wellbeing: ‘Connect, Be active, Take notice, Learn and Give’.
Different teams from the University including colleagues from Regent Street Gym, the Sustainability and the Organisational Development departments were also on site to offer services and advice to participants who wished to find out more on how to enhance their wellbeing.
The day was marked by the University’s Vice-Chancellor Dr Peter Bonfield signing the Time to change Employer Pledge on behalf of all staff and students, aimed at eliminating any stigma, prejudice and discrimination against any employees who struggle with mental illness or other health issues. This action demonstrates a commitment to changing how we think and act about mental health in the workplace.
Speaking at the event, Dr Peter Bonfield, said: “We want to address mental health positively and effectively in our University. Our goal is to eliminate bad practices around it. We will need to work together to ensure that we all ‘walk the talk’ on this commitment.
“Signing a pledge is a good start, inculcating throughout all our organisation and embedding this philosophy as a core part of our culture will require work. We will do this together, contributing further to being ‘compassionate’ as one of our core values.”
Anita Bellinger, Safety, Health and Wellbeing Coordinator, also said about the event: “It was great to see colleagues and students engaging in the activities and having conversations with our stallholders. Events such as these are so important, as they raise awareness on wellbeing issues and provide not only an opportunity for discussion, but showcase what assistance is available to the University Community.”
About the University of Westminster:
The University of Westminster boasts a vibrant learning environment attracting more than 20,000 students from over 150 nations and we continue to invest in our future with new developments, research projects and new ideas.
We offer highly attractive practice-based courses that are independently rated as excellent, many with international recognition. Our distinguished 180-year history has meant we lead the way in many areas of research, particularly politics, media, art and design, architecture and biomedical sciences, and our position in the city of London allows us to continue to build on our close connections with leading figures and organisations in these areas as well as in the worlds of business, information technology, politics and law.
Our commitment to educating graduates for the needs of professional life attracts high quality students from within the UK and around the globe.
Internationalisation, employability and sustainability are key elements in the University of Westminster’s vision for the future and we strive to ensure the very highest standards are met and maintained.