Wellbeing week is packed with intriguing ideas

​​​​​​​Variety and creativity are key elements in a week-long series of events to promote greater wellbeing on campus.

A kickboxing taster event, a pony petting session and a celebration of the power of the introvert are among the many attractions.

Other events include taster sessions in men’s lacrosse, women’s football and canoeing; a card making drop-in session; and a bellydance stress-relief workshop.

There will also be a session exploring anxiety and perfectionism, a discussion on the fear of failure and an introduction to mindfulness and how it can support wellbeing.

Students are also being invited to take time out from studying to spend an afternoon with Smurf, the Shetland pony.

Five days

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week takes place across the University between 12 and 16 November.

The Students’ Association, in partnership with the Sports Union and the University, has organised a programme of more than 60 events.

They are aimed at supporting, inspiring and challenging the University community on a range of mental health-related topics.

With one in four people experiencing mental health issues every year, it’s important we get together and start talking about mental health. This week is a perfect time to get everyone involved in the conversation.

Andy ShanksDirector of Student Wellbeing

Varied events

The Sports Union will hold a discussion on mental health with guests including former Scottish rugby international Scott Hastings.

Elsewhere, author and mental health activist Hope Virgo will lead a workshop on eating disorder recovery at Teviot Row House.

Students and staff are also being offered free off-peak entry to Easter Bush gym and the Pleasance gym and the climbing wall.

This year’s programme is bigger than ever with more than 60 events across our campuses, all run by, and for, students and staff. There are so many diverse ways to engage with the week. I can’t wait to see you there!

Kai O’DohertyVice President Welfare

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Wellbeing Week events and activities