School of Economics

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week at the School of Economics

Five events are being held by the school to recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing, and students at all levels of study are encouraged to participate.

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week

This year, Mental Health and Wellbeing Week is from the 11th to the 15th November. Studying at university can be a challenging experience for many, and it may be difficult sometimes to express how you are feeling to other people. One in four people will struggle with their mental health at some point in their lives. This is just one of the reasons that every year, the University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association jointly hold a week-long programme of events that are designed to support students and staff with their wellbeing. 

This year, the School of Economics is proud to present a programme of events that are being held exclusively for students and staff from the school. The week will take the form of five different events, one on each day, that will offer a range of different activities designed to take your mind off the demands of academic life. This week of events is being run in collaboration with the Students’ Association and the Economics Society. 

Edinburgh University Students’ Association 

University of Edinburgh Economics Society 


LUSH Party – Monday 11th November, 16:00 - 18:00

Join us in the Undergraduate Common Room (room 4.06) for an evening of skincare and light pampering courtesy of our friends at LUSH. They will be providing samples of skin creams, soaps and other ethically sourced products.  

This event requires you to sign up through Eventbrite



Economics of Sustainable Shopping & Five days, Five Meals challenge – Tuesday 12th November, 19:30 – 21:30 

The Refillery will be hosting a special event for Economics students where they will discuss the economic side of shopping and eating in a sustainable way. They will also be running a cooking challenge that will allow you to experiment with exciting and new cooking recipes that you can take away with you. 

This event requires you to sign up through Eventbrite

The Refillery 


Trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens – Wednesday 13th November, 13:00 – 16:00 

In need of a peaceful mid-week break from university life? We will be running a trip to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh’s New Town, a green paradise in the city centre. You will get the chance to browse through the Gardens’ collection of flowers and archived materials, as well as to simply wander around the garden and take in the sights. We will meet you all for the start of the event at the main entrance 

This event requires you to sign up through Eventbrite

Royal Botanic Gardens 


Drop-In Origami Cranes and Crafting – Thursday 14th November, 10:00 – 16:00 

Japanese tradition holds that making 1000 origami cranes allows you to make one special wish. Feel free to drop in at a time convenient for you as the School of Economics tries to reach this target. We will be set up in room 1.03 in 30 Buccleuch Place with all of the materials that you need to get creative, including paper, thread and dowels. A great chance to let your imagination take over. 

This event is run on a drop-in basis and as such does not require booking. 


Hygge Evening – Friday 15th November, 19:00 – 21:00 

Hygge is a Scandinavian concept that means feeling content, comfortable and well by enjoying life’s simpler things in a relaxing way. It is the perfect way to warm up as the cold Scottish winter begins to roll in. Come up to the Undergraduate Common Room for an evening of warm blankets, hot drinks and books. Give yourself a chance to switch off and bring your Mental Health and Wellbeing Week to a close on the most calming of notes possible. 

 This event requires you to sign up through Eventbrite


Don’t see an event that you can attend? The Students’ Association has a full list of events taking place across the University in this week on their website. 

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week 


Finally, mental health is not something that is confined to a single week. You may find that things become harder than you expected at any time of year. The University and the Students’ Association provide a number of year-round services that are open to all students should they feel that they need them. You can also get in touch with the Student Support Office in the School of Economics at, or with Lorna Quickfall, Manager of Student Welfare in the school, at

The Advice Place 

Student Disability Service 

Student Counselling Service 

Students’ Association Liberation Campaigns 

Edinburgh University Health Service