Mental Health Awareness Week

Oxford Brookes University 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.

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024: 13 - 19 May

The theme this year is “Movement: Moving more for our mental health”. 

Physical activity provides many health benefits including having a healthy heart and improving joints and bones. Did you know physical activity is also good for your mental health and wellbeing? Even a short, brisk 10 minute walk increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood. Participation in regular physical activity can increase our self-esteem and can reduce stress and anxiety. 

The Mental Health Foundation say:

"Being active is important for our mental health. But so many of us struggle to get enough exercise. We know there are many different reasons for this, so this Mental Health Awareness Week we want to help people to find moments for movement in their daily routines. Going for a walk in your neighbourhood, putting on your favourite music and dancing around the living room, chair exercises when you’re watching television - it all counts!"

Need ideas? Further resources and information can be found on:

Mental Health Awareness Week Oxford Brookes logo


Multifaith Chaplaincy

Activities from Brookes Sport

Set aside time for yourself

Some things you could set some time aside this week to do for yourself.

External resources

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event where there is an opportunity for the whole of the UK to focus on achieving good mental health.

The NHS Choices website has a number of tools to help people get started with physical activity for people of all ages.

Oxford Brookes has partnered with Togetherall to provide online support available to all students. The 24/7 online mental health website hosts a supportive community of other people in similar situations whose identities are not disclosed.

Student Minds have lots of great, easily accessible resources including areas like preparing for a year abroad, completing a thesis and exam anxiety.