As we near the end of this extremely challenging academic year, whether you’re close to campus or elsewhere, we encourage you to take some time to rest and recharge over the coming months, seek support when you need to, connect with other people and look after yourself; physically, mentally and emotionally.
This Mental Health Awareness Week (10-16 May) focuses on the theme ‘connect with nature’. Read on for ways to unwind, connect to others and useful support resources.
Enjoy the outdoors
Spending time in nature can do wonders for your mental wellbeing. Brookes students can get free or discounted access to some great places in and around Oxford:
- Free entrance to Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum with a Brookes student ID card.
- 30% discount for Oxford Brookes students when visiting Blenheim Palace with discount code “BROOKESBP30”. This discount is valid on pre-booked tickets only and not available on the gate. You must also bring your Brookes student ID card with you when you visit the palace. Full details can be found on this webpage.
- Need some new gear? Students can get up to 10% off all products at Up and Running. Full details can be found on this webpage.
Ways to unwind
Enjoy some calm during a midday meditation every Tuesday; the session will start by 12:05pm, share some tips on coping, managing anxiety, and finding time to meditate, and then meditate together.
Join a Crafternoon Tea session to get together and share craft skills over a (online) drink and a chat. You may come for the whole session, or drop in as you wish. You are welcome to bring a craft, or just come for a chat.
Brookes Sport has reopened and classes are planned to resume from 17 May; until that time you can still join a range of free online fitness classes via Zoom!
Although the pandemic has kept many of us apart, there are still many opportunities to connect and 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.
- The summer months can be a great time to do some volunteering. For some people volunteering can be a direct route into their ideal career, for others it helps develop new or existing skills. Either way, it will add valuable experience to your CV and it’s a great way to meet new friends and feel a valued member of your local community. The Oxford Brookes Volunteer Centre has details of organisations who are looking for help with projects here and abroad that you can do in person or virtually.
- 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
You can find an overview of all the support and initiatives available to you on the health and wellbeing webpages.