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Wellbeing Week spotlights mental health awareness

A week-long programme of events and activities to support, inspire and challenge mental health awareness is taking place across the University.

Mental health and Wellbeing Week, taking place from 11 to 15 November, is an initiative to raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing among the entire University community. 

Events provide a focus for discussions around mental health, highlight existing initiatives and best-practice and expand the conversation about mental health and wellbeing through innovative projects. 

Students and staff are invited to take part in a variety of activities and events, including workshops, talks and interactive panels.

With one in four people experiencing mental health issues every year, it’s important that we reduce the stigma, 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

Activities and Events

This year’s events include a sport and mental health talk from former international Rugby Union player Scott Hastings, and Commonwealth Cycling medallist Jenny Davis.

Invictus Games medallist, former Royal Marine and television presenter JJ Chalmers will host an event titled Let’s Talk: Finding Your Commando Spirit. 

A Question Time panel will see Colm Harmon, Vice-Principal of Students, Andy Shanks, Director of Student Wellbeing, and Students Association VP of Welfare, Oona Miller take questions about mental health and wellbeing. 

The Sports Union has organised a week of recreational sessions for complete beginners in a variety of sports including karate, boxing, athletic, tennis and squash.

Various workshops will provide practical advice on stress reduction, how to improve sleep, and wellbeing.  

Edinburgh University Neurological Society also will run a series of talks about mental health across the week.

The Student Counselling Service will be on hand for advice throughout the week and the Chaplaincy will host a number of events.  

Mental Health and Wellbeing Week is a collaborative project between the University, the Students’ Association, and the Sports Union.

Related links

EUSA events guide

Student Counselling Service

Chaplaincy

Sports Union