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Mental Health Awareness Week: Take Care of Yourself Series

15 May 2019 to 31 May 2019

College-wide

Across May, the Students’ Union and Student Support are hosting events to raise awareness around mental health issues.

Wednesday 15 May, 1–2pm
GH 323, White City

A meditation session led by Karuna from the Imperial College London Chaplaincy 

Calm in the chaos: learn three mindful ways to deal with work stress and pressures. In this workshop, you will learn to acknowledge your situation better, not judge harshly and respond kindly to situations, so you can be calm in the midst of chaos.


Thursday 16 May, 12–2pm 
Artbar Kensington

Pauline Oliveros’ Tuning Meditation, led by Benji Jeffrey

In The Tuning Meditation, those taking part are asked to tune to another player or to contribute a pitch which no one else is sounding. If the instructions are followed carefully then a beautiful texture arises with common tones threading through the cloud of sound. You don’t need to be able to sing to take part..


Friday 17 May, 3–5pm
GH203 White City

How Not to Burnout and De-stress for Success workshops led by Bex Tadman (also on 24 & 31 May) 

  • How Not to Burn Out workshop
    This short session aims to help you to identify the signs of burnout in yourself and others and will discuss the factors that lead to burnout. It will present you with strategies to prevent burnout from occurring and will signpost you to services and resources if you need support.
  • De-Stress for Success
    This short session outlines NHS and MIND mental health charity guidelines for wellbeing, combining this advice with practical examples and strategies to overcome procrastination, performance anxiety and to take a holistic approach to pursuing success in your studies. It will signpost you to services and resources that can help you manage your stress. NOTE: Neither workshop should replace the advice of a medical professional.

Bex Tadman, FRSA, MSc; Mental Health First Aider, Royal College of Art: Bex is an early career researcher with expertise in higher education, mental health, equality and diversity, performance studies and community building. Her specialty is the use of storytelling for social change. She holds a BSc Social Science and an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society from Birkbeck College, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Chair of the Board of Trustees for Raze Collective.

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Friday 17 May, 5–7pm
White City Café

FemSoc Self Care Workshop

FemSoc will be collaboratively making and displaying a tapestry on the theme of self-care. All materials (and chocolate) will be provided. They will also be giving out free Natracare feminine products. 


Tuesday 21 May, 6–8pm
SAC016, Battersea

‘Mindfulness & Mindlessness’ Society: Movement, Meditation + Sound Healing

Multi-dimensional artist Finchittida Finch and her twin-sister, holistic healer Lisa Finch will be hosting an evening of inner-transformation with traditional throat singer Hao Xu. Together we will be guiding you through simple movement, meditation and sound healing to help you:

  • release stagnant energy
  • explore new depths of being
  • unleash creative potential


Thursday 23 May, Hampstead Heath
10.45am – 1pm

Lungs & Landscape: Royal Amateur Expedition Society 

Lead by Daisy Buckle and Lucy Sabin, Join us for a calm, stress-free walk around Hampstead Heath, focusing on breath, our senses and the connection between human and nature


Friday 24 May, 3–5pm
GH205, White City

How Not to Burnout and De-stress for Success workshops led by Bex Tadman 

    See event details as on May 17

    Sign up here


    Thursday 30 May, 2–5pm
    Artbar, Kensington

    Red Plate Society: Tea and Its Whispering – Chinese Tea Tasting Session

    Chinese tea is a beverage made from the leaves of tea plants that is deeply woven into the history and culture of China. In China, people believe that drinking tea is a kind of self-cultivation behavior, which is also good for human health and mental peace. In this event, you will have a chance to taste them, learn Chinese tea culture and appreciate some works of art related to Chinese tea culture. There also will be traditional Chinese cakes and snakes served with tea.

    RCA CSSA led by Xiaochun Wang

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    Friday 31 May, 3–5pm
    Lecture Theatre 1, Kensington

    How Not to Burnout and De-stress for Success workshops led by Bex Tadman 

      See event details as on May 17

      Sign up here