Last week, we shared helpful tips and resources for Mental Health Awareness Week so we thought we would put them all in an article!
This year, the theme was focusing on the impact that nature can have upon our mental health and wellbeing 🌿 After a year of so much time spent working and studying from home, under lockdown restrictions and with heavily increased screen time, the Mental Health Foundation is encouraging us to spend more time connecting with nature.
They are also highlighting the inequality of access to nature many people up and down the country face, and are urging local and national governments to take action in overcoming the barriers that currently prevent equal access to nature for everyone, so that the benefits of experiencing nature are a right for everybody, rather than a luxury for a select few.
Here's a few tips on how you can connect with nature right here at Leeds Beckett:
1- Go for a stroll around Beckett Park
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2- Join the Outdoor Society
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3- Plant something with Leeds Beckett Allotment
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4- Get wavy with Surf Club
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5- Keep active with the Athletic Union
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If you need support, here's a list of helpful resources:
- Leeds Nightline is a listening and information service for students in Leeds.
- Mind, the mental health charity.
- Kooth is an online mental wellbeing community. Access free, safe and anonymous support.
- Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity.
- Samaritans works to make sure there's always someone there for anyone who needs someone.
- Galop provides confidential and independent advice and support for LGBT+ people who have experienced sexual assault, abuse or violence.
- Mindline Trans+ is an emotional and mental health support helpline for anyone identifying as transgender, non-binary, genderfluid.
- Beat is the UK's eating disorder charity.
Mental health awareness is important, but what’s even more important is keeping the conversations surrounding it open all year round, and ensuring we have access to the necessary resources that can help us when we are struggling. Remember, no matter what time of year, we’re here for you. If you find yourself struggling and need some support, contact our LBSU Advice Service ‑ we’re here to help 👋