MHAW 2019

What #OrdinaryMagic did you do today?

During Mental Health Awareness Week we’ll be sharing examples of what our staff and students do to take care of themselves.

Ordinary magic is a term used by resilience researcher Professor Ann Masten, who concluded that the powerful engines for resilience are completely ordinary and common.

Share your stories on social media using #OrdinaryMagic during the week.


13 - 17 May 2019


Self-care is the action we take to maintain, develop and improve our own health and wellbeing. What do we need to look after ourselves? What works for us? And, what else could we do?

It is important to make sure we act to maintain care of our self - body and mind - every day, not just when we get unwell. Learning how to eat well, rest well, improve sleep hygiene, reduce stress and move regularly are all ways of self-caring that help maintain mental and physical health, fitness, and personal resilience.

At work it can be about knowing your own limits, objectively prioritising, focusing attention, maintaining boundaries and knowing who and how to ask for help, when you need it.

In response to the national theme for Mental Health Awareness Week, ‘Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies’, we are focusing on how we can take care of our bodies and minds. We have developed a week of activities, in addition to the existing resources for both staff and students.

For booking enquiries, please contact Yvonne Aftyka.


bike smoothie

Smooth cycling

Pedal your way to 5-a-day!

Make yourself or your friends a delicious & healthy smoothie using your own pedal power. Come and enjoy stress-busting exercise with a nice treat at the end.

All are welcome and no booking required – just turn up and enjoy the ride on the stationary smoothie bike!

Every Day 12.00 - 14.00
Senior Common Room
South Kensington

For staff & students


Lunch-time Hyde Park walk

Take some time away from work to come on a brisk walk through Hyde Park. Walking has proven health benefits and many studies also point to the positive benefits of being outdoors. Not only will this help you to re-focus your thinking once you return to your department but you will also get a chance to meet other staff and students taking part. Be sure to bring your trainers! Led by Laura Lane

Monday 13 May 12.00-13.00

For staff & students

Meeting point: Queen’s Tower (by the lions)

Self-care stand

Self-care stand

Our self-care stand have a variety of aspects to celebrate self-care, nutrition & sport. The Active Lifestyles Manager Leisha Wegg will be giving out nutrition advice on how much fruit you should eat to healthy meals. There will be free recipe cards for a quick and healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as dessert! Keeping hydrated is key, so come down to receive your FREE Be Active water bottle to keep hydrated throughout the day. There will also be a free body MOT (height & weight, blood pressure and body fat percentage).

Tuesday 14 May 11.00 - 14.00
Sir Alexander Fleming foyer
South Kensington

For staff & students