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  • Mental Health Awareness Week

    9 to 15 May 2022

    Oxford Brookes is proud to be part of the annual celebration of Mental Health Awareness Week, providing an opportunity to promote, celebrate and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing.

    This year the theme for the week is loneliness. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.

    Mark Rowland Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation said:

    “We hope this year’s theme of loneliness will strike a chord with many of us who felt lonely and struggled throughout the Covid pandemic.

    “Millions of us experience loneliness from time to time. We know that some people are at higher risk of experiencing loneliness and the evidence shows the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems.”

    The Staff Diversity Networks and the Multifaith Chaplaincy have created a series of activities for staff and students to take part in through the week.



  • Events

    Introduction to Meditation

    Monday 9 May, 11.30am - 12.00 noon in the Garden Room, Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

    Join the Multifaith Chaplaincy for an introduction to meditation - a time of silent breathing meditation to calm mind and body. No registration required, just turn up or contact chaplaincy@brookes.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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    Enhancing Self-Awareness Workshop

    Monday 9 May, 1.00 - 2.00pm online

    Whether it be understanding our mental health, developing our emotional intelligence or tapping into our innate wisdom; self-awareness, self-knowledge and introspection are crucial to how we experience our lives. It’s about understanding our needs, challenges, desires, our habits, and all the other things that make us who we are, that make us unique.

    This session is with Char Bailey (she/her) from WE CREATE SPACE and has been orginsed by the staff diversity networks. All staff are welcome.

    Register for the workshop »

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    LGBTQ+ Staff Forum virtual coffee break

    Wednesday 11 May, 11.00 - 11.30am, online

    A weekly online get together for members of the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum. The forum welcomes LGBTQ+ staff and allies.

    If you'd like to join the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum contact jstuart@brookes.ac.uk

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    Allyship with Disabled People Workshop

    Thursday 12 May, 12.00 noon - 1.30pm online

    This interactive session will support colleagues who want to promote disability inclusion and be better allies. The workshop will provide a safe and informal space to increase awareness and confidence and encourage proactivity as allies for accessibility and disability inclusion.

    Register for the workshop »

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    WE CREATE SPACE Queer Leadership Summit 2022

    Friday 13 May, 9.00am - 6.30pm, online

    Open to members of the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum.

    Bringing LGBTQ+ leaders together through a dynamic schedule of wellbeing workshops, self-empowerment sessions and inspiring speaker panels. Through shared experience, story-telling and personal discovery, the agenda has been design to inspire and empower; equipping participants with the necessary tools, knowledge and passion they need to collectively create change within their own communities and organisations.

    If you'd like to join the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum, or for more information contact jstuart@brookes.ac.uk

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    Crafternoon Crochet Workshop

    Friday 13 May, 2.00 - 4.00pm in the Garden Room, Buckley Building, Headington Campus.

    Get together with students and staff and spend an afternoon crocheting over a chat. A wellbeing session being run by the Multifaith Chaplaincy. No registration required, just turn up or contact chaplaincy@brookes.ac.uk if you have any questions.

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    Beyond Mental Health Awareness Week

    Tackle stress with a new mindset

    Thursday 19 May, 9.30 - 10.30am, online

    Stress is a part of life that cannot be avoided. However, developing the right mindset about stress can help you better manage stress and improve your wellbeing. This short but interactive session challenges you to shift your stress mindset to enable you to take a more positive and empowered approach.

    A webinar on from Oxford Centre for Academic Enhancement and Development. Register for the webinar »


    Previous events

  • Thursday 14 May 2020

    BAME Staff Network Lunch and Learn: The Future of Work

    Damian Corneal and Nita Lad discuss how COVID-19 might affect our professional lives from a technology, career and wellness perspective.


    Monday 18 May 2020

    Chocolate meditation: intro to mindfulness

    An introcuction to meditating and using mindfulness to support your mental health.


    18, 19 and 21 May 2020

    HIIT with Vanessa


    Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Breathing meditation

    An introcuction to meditating and using mindfulness to support your mental health.


    Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Managing our mental health - staff experiences and Q&A

    Members of staff share their experiences with facing challenges and managing their mental health.

    You can watch the video of this session if you were unable to attend.


    Tuesday 19 May 2020

    Staff workshop: Accessing mental health care during the coronavirus outbreak

    For staff who are unsure how to access healthcare in the current environment.

    The slides from this session are now available for those who were unable to attend.


    Tuesday 19 May and Wednesday 20 May 2020

    Pilates with Jagoda


    Wednesday 20 May 2020

    LGBTQ+ Staff Forum virtual coffee break

    A weekly online get together for members of the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum. The forum welcomes LGBTQ+ staff and allies.

    If you'd like to join the LGBTQ+ Staff Forum contact jstuart@brookes.ac.uk


    Wednesday 20 May 2020

    Random Acts of Kindness crafternoon

    Gather some craft materials and get together to work on them with other crafters and share ideas on spreading crafty happiness.


    Thursday 21 May 2020

    Disabilty working forum coffee break

    A one off event for any staff and allies to join this group for an informal chat, and to discuss what this forum is working on for the coming year to support staff with disabilities. Each month we also hold a chat meeting for everyone who would like to join us.


    Thursday 21 May 2020

    Kindness Through Prayer

    Join us for the special prayer series that 'Finding God @ Brookes' is hosting on Google Hangouts. Bible study on Psalm 88 with a time of prayer.


    Thursday 21 May 2020

    Pilates with Vanessa


    Thursday 21 May 2020

    Student workshop: Accessing mental health care during the coronavirus outbreak

    For students who are unsure how to access healthcare in the current environment.


    Friday 22 May 2020

    Body scan: checking in with yourself

    An introcuction to meditating and using mindfulness to support your mental health


    Friday 22 May 2020

    Be KIND to Yourself: How to Build the Habit of Happiness

    Brookes Enterprise Support brings you an expert panel exploring a holistic approach to happiness, including real life experiences from those who have overcome adversity and mental health challenges, as well as practical tools and strategies to help you build and live a consciously, sustainable, happier life.