Mental Health Awareness Week
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week from 18-24 May 2020 and this year the Mental Health Foundation is celebrating a national theme of kindness. In light of the current Coronavirus outbreak and the repercussions this has had on how we live our lives, connecting with others is so important for our mental health. Practising kindness strengthens relationships within our community and can support healthy mental wellbeing.
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, Imperial is hosting various virtual activities for staff and students, as well as sharing information and resources to help support our community. Check out our calendar of the virtual events and sign-up below, as well as our resources on practising kindness during the pandemic and how to look after your sleep when you’re working exclusively digital.
We also asked you, the members of our Imperial community, to share your tips, ideas and experience so that we can all re-discover kindness in our day-to-day lives. Here’s what our Imperial community had to say:
Calendar of events
Coaching is a 1-1 process that helps individuals think through their options in relation to a range of situations they may be facing in the workplace. Throughout MHAW 2020 we will be providing one-off coaching sessions with a suggested focus on wellbeing, or things that might support people during this period of uncertainty.
These sessions are only open for Imperial Staff and it is one slot per staff member. Please note that cancellations charges are applicable in case of late cancellations or no-shows.
45 min sessions Monday to Friday
Kindness Buddhist Meditation
Practising kindness to ourselves and to others is a key element of the Chaplaincy's meditation programmes. Mindfulness is an invitation to notice and 'befriend' our emotions. Buddhism offers 'loving kindness meditation' to all sentient beings, including ourselves.
This session can help you to unplug and detach from the stress or daily life. It's especially suitable for those seeking to reduce anxiety, re-align balance or practice loving kindness.
Friday 22 May 13:00 - 13:50
for students & staff
Meditation for Sleep
Meditation boosts happiness, clear thinking and resilience, and it also helps you to sleep better. Because a good night’s sleep is essential to our wellbeing. And when you sleep better, you feel better, work better and get better results.
The session will include guided meditations to relax your mind and body, and also explore tips, techniques and easy meditation exercises to clear your mind for a more restful sleep.
Monday 18 May 13.00 - 13.45
Friday 22 May 12.30 - 13.15
for students & staff
LDC Manager's Wellbeing Forum
The forums are small group, facilitated and confidential sessions focused on learning and coaching, where managers can share and explore issues and questions related to the role of management. The sessions will include:
• Creating space for reflection in this unusual and ambiguous time
• Creating a space for peer-to-peer guidance, support and learning from each other
• Exploring issues around managing self and others and finding own solutions
• Ensuring managers know all the College avenues for support
Tuesday 19 May 10.00-12.00
Wednesday 20 May 14.00-16.00
Online Connect is a space for conversation. At a time when life may feel unsettling and overwhelming, it's good to have the opportunity to talk an connect with others who may be experiencing life in a similar way. The Student Counselling Service are running this conversation group, facilitated by two of our experts in the team. Feeling heard by others can be a particularly healing experience.
Wednesday 20 May, 14:30 - 16:00
CiC Wellbeing: Coping with Change and Uncertainty
An interactive 45-minute webinar, with attendees encouraged to ask questions throughout and a facility for delegates to ask questions confidentially of the presenter. The presenter of this webinar is Harry Key, Head of Global Specialist Services at CiC. Harry is an experienced Psychotherapist and he is a knowledgeable and popular conference presenter!
Tuesday 19 May 13.00-13.45
Meeting number: 955 596 350
This presentation is aimed at a wider audience as it covers a more holistic area of finances. We will cover areas such as investments, protection, mortgage, wills and so on. Due to the current climate, we have also added a slide to explain how this situation is currently affecting the market and so on.
Thursday 21 May 13.00-14.00
Working Carers Networking session
Imperial is committed to supporting staff who identify as carers to achieve a health work-life balance to ensure they are able to continue excelling at work whilst balancing the needs of their caring responsibilities at home. This session will be a great opportunity for you to meet other staff who are carers to build networks with your colleagues and help enable mutual support.
Thursday 21 May 14.00-15.00
Yin & Restorative Yoga featuring Loving Kindness Meditation
This will be a super relaxing Yin and Restorative yoga class. Here the stillness of the body and focus on the breath plus staying in postures longer will bring about some much needed deep relaxation for the mind and body at the end of the week. This practice with its supported postures, will reduce cortisol, the stress hormone in the body enabling the ‘rest and digest’ parasympathetic nervous system to dominate, this brings about deep rest and a sense of ease to the mind and body. The Class will include a combination of asana, pranayama (breath work), meditation and relaxation.
Friday 22 May 3.30pm - 4.45pm