Open up for mental health, 8-12 October 2018

Mental health and wellbeing affects everyone. Individuals may fluctuate between thriving, struggling, being well, and being ill.

It’s important that we can create an open and inclusive environment, where everyone can talk freely and with trust about mental health problems, and seek help if they need it.

To make this happen, our community needs to be a supportive, well-informed, and responsive environment that promotes positive mental health as well as providing excellent support services.

To mark this year’s World Mental Health Day (10 October) we’d like to encourage colleagues and students to open up about mental health and wellbeing.

Juice, Student Support Services and the Student’s Union are working together to host Our Mental Health Week, 8-12 October. Why not use the week as an opportunity to talk about mental health and wellbeing with your colleagues and your students? Or take a look at our dedicated mental health and wellbeing web pages for support and guidance. One of these support services is the staff helpline and counselling service. To find out more about this, visit the Gallery Space in the Students' Union on Wednesday 10 October from 12 noon to 1.30pm.

Join the open conversation about mental health on social media using #OpenUpSheffield

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Singing for Wellbeing

Monday, 2-3.30pm

Tuesday 10.30am-12 noon

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Juice Space, take a break!

Monday, 10am-12 noon, Arts Tower cafe
Tuesday, 10am-12 noon, Kreb's cafe
Thursday, 12 noon-2pm, Diamond cafe

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Tuesday, 12.15pm - 1pm

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Friday, 1-2pm

Note: Feel free to share details of the student events taking place during the week, Student events

And should you need it, here's the student mental wellbeing page

Our mental health research

Recently our researchers have been taking a look at mental health. Historian Dr Julie Gottlieb led a study revealing the link between suicide and major political and social crises.

Findings suggest that the social impact of major political and social crises are often overlooked and the study is set to consider how other major political events – such as Brexit, the Migrant Crisis and Financial Crisis – affect people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Historian reveals link between suicide and political crisis

And at the recent Festival of the Mind, Dr Fuschia Sirois from Psychology led the Wall of Gratitude, a project giving people in Sheffield a chance to highlight some of the things they are most grateful for.

Dr Fuschia Sirois said: “Research has found that taking the time to notice three things to be grateful for each day over a two week period can have beneficial effects for people’s wellbeing that can last for up to six months."