This week, 18-24 May, is UK Mental Health Awareness Week. Mental health problems can affect anyone, at any time. The Mental Health Foundation believe that mental health is everyone’s business. So, for one week each May, there is a campaign around a specific theme for Mental Health Awareness Week.
With the current COVID pandemic, stress and uncertainty its important to find support and hope, which can help reduce stress and improve your emotional wellbeing. With this in mind we have a few resources and links that can help:
For our library users: We're supporting the OUH trust and MSD staff and students whilst they respond to the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic so have put together a host of information including resources to help promote resilience and wellbeing, available at https://libguides.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/c.php?g=679101&p=4840806
The wider community: Oxfordshire Mind have been working hard to support wellbeing as everyone adapts to recent changes and different or additional sources of stress that these can cause. They have created planning guides and checklists for staying at home safely, caring for your mental health and wellbeing, and accessing support when you need to. They’ll be running a Twitter chat with @ActiveOxon on Thursday from 1pm-2pm on mental health and physical wellbeing, and are encouraging people on social media to share stories and tips throughout the week (search for #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek2020 on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook).
The Oxford Mindfulness Centre are offering free weekly online mindfulness sessions every week with a podcast available after the session to help you practice in your own time. They are also offering their ‘introduction to mindfulness’ course free of charge – this requires no previous knowledge or experience.