Our Mental Health Week 2019

Our Mental Health Week

Our Mental Health Week follows on from World Mental Health Day (Thursday 10 October 2019). There are events and wellbeing activities throughout the week, and we're also sharing your wellbeing stories.

So take some time away from the desk, lab or office and join the wellbeing conversation.

Wellbeing events and activities

Activities range from meditation for mindfulness to singing practice with our University choir group, and mental health charity MIND are hosting a special talk about mental health and wellness at work.

All events are completely free. Download the activity timetable and book on to attend an event or activity via our activity platform.

Find out more and book onto the sessions


Your stories

Thank you to everyone who responded to our call out for personal wellbeing stories. We really appreciate the time you've taken to share these with us and are proud to share them here as part of Our Mental Health Week.

Sam Guest

School of Architecture

"If I didn't have caring and understanding family, and work colleagues whom I consider to be friends, I don't think I would have such a positive outlook on life. Sometimes social media can be seen as a destructive environment, however it has its positives of like minded people connecting and supporting each other."

Read Sam's story

Chloe Gibb

Corporate Information and Computing Services

"I feel lucky to be employed by the University, where there is a great deal of support available to me. The systems in place and services offered provide people with health conditions a sense of security which relieves some of the pressure. When my condition has been at its worst, the support available helps me to stay in work and thrive."

Read Chloe's story

Julie Hurst

Student Services Information Desk

"The diagnosis and treatment had a profound impact on my mental health, bringing new fears, anxieties and stress that I had never experienced before, along with a loss in confidence in my ability to do my job after 7 months on sick leave. I discovered an amazing network of support groups and charities and have learnt many strategies to keep myself on an even keel, and would recommend these to anyone struggling with their mental health."

Read Julie's story

Abbie Martin

Corporate Information and Computing Services

"I was doing a job that wasn’t too challenging for me but I enjoyed it and the department were very supportive and allowed me to reduce my hours, approved additional leave and flexible working. I found that being open with colleagues about my situation really helped. Most people can be really kind if they know you are going through personal stuff."

Read Abbie's story

Huma Zafar

Department of Psychology

"I believe, we should cherish every moment of our life, stay calm, keep going, and remember never forget to support and uplift others in the journey of life."

Read Huma's story

How do I get involved?

Join in the conversation on twitter using #OurMentalHealthWeek

Staff Mental Health and Wellbeing pages

Our dedicated mental health and wellbeing pages provide support and guidance.

Access the mental health and wellbeing pages


Staff Wellbeing Portal

This month we relaunched the Staff Wellbeing Portal that has been designed to support you and improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Hopefully this can encourage us all to think about how we manage our own wellbeing, steps we can take to recognise and reduce stress, and how we can take time out to reflect, relax and find balance in our daily lives.

Visit Sport Sheffield


Student mental health and wellbeing activities

Find out what wellbeing activities are available for students during the week.

Student activities


Wellbeing Advocates in the Faculty of Science

Meet the Faculty of Science Wellbeing Advocates. These are representatives from different departments and job roles who are available to anyone needing information or support on any issue affecting your wellbeing.

Get in touch


Mental Health in the news

Read some of the latest articles published during #OurMentalHealthWeek:

Professor Tamara Hervey from the School of Law, talks about the impact of Brexit on our mental health.

Researchers from our Sheffield School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) have made a series of recommendations for NHS mental health trusts to change the way they collect and use patient feedback to improve the quality of care for inpatients.