World Mental Health Day - boost your wellbeing

8 October 2020

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During these challenging times looking after our mental health is more important than ever. To mark World Mental Health Day this Saturday (10 October), here’s a round-up of events and resources to help boost your mental wellbeing.


From talks and workshops on mental health to more general events to lift the spirits, there’s a lot going on. Here’s just a small sample:

12 October - Emotional health workshop focuses on asking difficult questions around your mental health. Run by Matt Williams, this online event is organised by Brookes Union. Sign up at

22 October - Black mental health at uni: a panel discussion will be unpacking how mental health issues disproportionately affect Black students and students of colour. Larissa Kennedy, NUS President, Rianna Walcott, co-founder of inclusivity website, and Oxford Brookes students will be on the panel. Sign up for the Zoom event.

2 November - Happiness through goal-setting: a free 6-week online course delivered by Brookes academic Dr Christian Ehrlich looks at your goals in life and how to adapt them to make you happier. Further details and registration at Eventbrite.

Mental Health Mondays - Katie Starns, Brookes Union’s Wellbeing Officer, is posting a list of online resources each Monday to encourage self-help. Find out more from, Facebook: Katie Brookes

...and throughout the month Brookes Union and many societies are hosting a mix of online and real-life events from quizzes, swimming bingo and a vintage clothing sale in the John Henry Brookes Building Marquee to Netflix parties and virtual Film Nights for Black History month. Full details on the Brookes Union webpages.

Multifaith Chaplaincy is running breathing, meditation and relaxation spaces online and other virtual events - open to all.


Wellbeing Services

Wellbeing is your University hub for mental and emotional health.You may know it offers counselling and tailored support for students with particular needs, such as a disability, a specific learning difficulty or support with LGBTQ+-related issues. It’s an online resource too, giving guidance on what to do if you are worried about someone, useful links on emergency help and tips on wellbeing.

It’s not Brookes, It’s not ok - encourages you to report online any incidents around sexual violence, hate crime or harassment.

Beyond Brookes

Download the FIKA app to boost your mental fitness.

Student Minds, the UK’s student mental health charity, offers a wide range of support. It also runs a dedicated space for your coronavirus-related concerns, offering tools, information and advice.

Shout - is a 24/7 free, confidential texting service.

Oxford Nightline - is a free, independent listening, support and information service run by and for students in Oxford.