Many of us miss seeing friends, making new ones or being able to go out to socialise. We may be physically distancing but we encourage you to stay socially connected to other students, friends and family.
Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience, shares a message for University Mental Health Day:
‘The past year has been really hard, I know that I have found keeping in touch with others tough even though I know that it makes a positive difference to my mental health.
So today, on University Mental Health Day, I wanted to encourage you to keep connecting with your friends and family, and even make new friends during this time. Staying connected is so important for our mental health especially while we are still separated from each other. The University and Brookes Union have lots of ways to help you make and keep those connections going through Student Connect, the Union’s many societies, or just by taking part in support workshops across the University.
I will be making time today to connect with someone I’ve not spoken to in a while, please join me by connecting with someone you care about; pick up your phone or send a message.’
Ways to stay connected and meet new friends
Although the pandemic has kept many of us apart, there are still opportunities to connect and bring us closer together. We have listed a few ways that may help you to meet people with similar interests, experiences or outlooks on life.
Student Connect can help you make contact with another student who shares one of your interests. Find out more about Student Connect and how to join in this Student News article.
Brookes Union societies
Joining a society can be a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Have a look at the current societies, or you could even start your own.
Brookes sport free online classes
Whilst Brookes Sport is closed due to pandemic restrictions you can still exercise with others by joining a range of free online fitness classes via Zoom!
Multifaith Chaplaincy online events
Have a look on the Multifaith Chaplaincy’s events calendar for online events. Share craft skills over a drink and a chat at Crafternoon tea or spend some time with others in still and silence during a mindful meditation to recharge physically and emotionally.
TogetherAll is a digital support service to complement the support offered by the University’s Wellbeing teams. You can use TogetherAll to help you deal with everything from everyday stresses to major life events.
On TogetherAll you can join chat groups, get 1-1 support, express your feelings creatively and take courses on topics such as time management, assertiveness and problem-solving.
Health and Wellbeing support during the pandemic
Whether you’re in a period of self-isolation or local or national restrictions mean socialising isn’t possible, it’s important to look after your health and wellbeing. We encourage you to seek support when you need to, connect with other people and look after yourself; physically, mentally and emotionally. Have a look at the support and initiatives available to you on the Student Covid webpages.