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Mental Health Awareness Week

18 May 2020 to 24 May 2020

Online event.

Mental Health Awareness Week is taking place 18–24 May, with this year's theme as Kindness. Student Support and the Students’ Union have teamed up to use this week to celebrate the acts of kindness towards ourselves and others that are so important to our mental health. 

Activities are open to all students and staff, and you can get involved with the week in the following ways:

Monday 18 May

Mindfulness Meditation with the Imperial College Chaplaincy team: 12:0012:50 

Mindfulness can help you to stay calm, focused and better manage the pressures of life. It can help you be compassionate to yourself, especially if you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed or struggling to concentrate. Sign up here

Christian Meditation with the Imperial College Chaplaincy team: 13:0013:50 

Christian meditation uses stillness and silence to help us pay attention to the whole range of our experiences, and how to review the day with realism and kindness. Sign up here

DIY: Make your own wheaty bags with Juli Arthur: 15:0015:30

Learn how to make wheat seed filled bags to keep you warm or cool throughout the year! This session with Juli MacArthur will show you the basics of creating one of these for your own use (or gifts) and gives you some ideas for different patterns. Join in at 15:00 on Monday using this link.
Stuff you need:

  • Fabric around 30cm x 30cm or around A4 paper size.
  • Sewing needle and cotton string or a sewing machine
  • Wheat seeds - about 200g (ebay!)

(non) Pub Quiz!  17:30–18:30  

The work/study day is over and it’s time to grab a cocktail or a mug of tea and join us for our Monday night (non) pub quiz! To take part sign up here and we'll send you the zoom link. 

Tuesday 19 May

Reading group - Audre Lorde’s “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action”: 12:00–13:00

Lucy and Halimo will be hosting a reading of the text “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action” by Audrey Lorde. We will read a short text together at the start, and have a chance to discuss it and share ideas together afterwards. To take part, sign up here and we'll send you the zoom link and PDF.

Mindfulness Meditation with the Imperial College Chaplaincy team: 13:00–13:50 

Sign up here

Wednesday 20 May

Re-set Yoga: 17:30–18:30 

Join the Students’ Union for a 60 minute group vinyasa, beginner level class. For mental health week it will be tailored to focus on mindful movement, breathing and meditation techniques. Take a deep breath and register via this link. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. If it's your first time trying yoga, you don't need anything special, if you have a yoga mat - great! If not, find a floor space big enough to lie down and bring yourself. It's important that we practice safely - if you have any injuries or existing medical conditions, please email [email protected] before the class to discuss modifications.

Mindfulness Meditation with the Imperial College Chaplaincy team: 18:00–19:00 

Sign up here

Thursday 21 May

Understanding and improving sleep habits: 13:30–14:00

Sleep is a key indicator for health and wellbeing, and with the current lockdown in place due to Covid-19 many are experiencing difficulty in achieving good quality sleep. This can be the result of worries and frustrations about the Covid-19 situation and how this has impacted your life. A lack of separation between your work and resting space or increased stress and existing mental health problems. This short session by Jennifer Springham will look at the factors that affect the quality of sleep, as well as tips on how to promote positive sleeping habits. Sign up here. If you have any issues accessing the link or session, email  [email protected] who will send you the zoom link.

Friday 22 May

The Conversation Club: 12:00–13:00 

The Conversation Club is open to all RCA students who would like to connect with us, and other students for an informal lunchtime chat with a cup of tea, or a beverage of your choice. In light of the ongoing Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation and social distancing rules, students may be feeling isolated, therefore connecting with others is especially important at a time like this.  Everyone is welcome to join, we particularly welcome a focus on the international student experience. There is no pressure to participate - you can sit in and observe.  

You can join Conversation Club on Friday 22 May at 12pm via this link

Buddhist Meditation with the Imperial College Chaplaincy team: 13:0013:50

Buddhist meditation can help you to unplug and detach from the stress of daily life. These sessions are especially suitable for those seeking to reduce anxiety, re-align balance or practice loving kindness. Sign-up here