Share your wellbeing story or research

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How do you cultivate good mental health? To support Mental Health Awareness Week 8–14 May we’re looking for your stories about wellbeing.

Staff health and wellbeing is an important priority for our University; many of you will have accessed support and inspiration for your wellbeing, both physical and emotional, via Juice.  

This year Mental Health Awareness Week, organised by the Mental Health Foundation, is flipping the focus away from mental ill-health to explore how we can cultivate good mental health, with a focus on the strategies and resources we need to re-frame our ability to thrive in life.

In our most recent staff survey 76 per cent of respondents said they would be comfortable discussing a mental health and wellbeing issue with their manager. We’d like to help continue this sense of openness by sharing your stories.

We’re interested in your personal stories and would also like to hear about any wellbeing or mental health research, projects or initiatives you are involved with – either at the University or in the community. And if you’re organising any activities for next week in your department please share those too.

Please email your submission to internalcommunications@sheffield.ac.uk by 12 noon on Friday 5 May, along with a photo if you’re happy to include one.

We’ll publish your stories on the In the Spotlight page next week (8–14 May 2017).

If you're joining Professor Brendan Stone at the mental health Tea & Talk session on Tuesday 9 May, we hope you enjoy the event. Brendan will be exploring some of the key issues that need to be tackled for people living with mental health conditions to have better lives.

Some ideas of what to tell us; please share up to 200 words:

  • Tell us a bit about you and how you look after your wellbeing
  • This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week theme is surviving or thriving. What do these two things mean to you, have you been on a journey from one to the other?
  • Do you have any advice or insight into how to cultivate good mental health?
  • Perhaps you are involved in related research, initiatives or projects, please include information about these.
  • Are you organising any related activities in your department? Please do share.
  • If you’re happy to, please include a photo of yourself

The important stuff:

  • We will try our best to include everything we receive but can't promise to publish everything
  • We will use the submission to create a feature for the In the Spotlight page. Content will also be shared via the main staff page and from @sheffunistaff
  • The Internal Communications team reserves the right to edit content

Juice activities during Mental Health Awareness Week

Find your healthy balance next week with Juice activities including meditation, choir, Tai-Chi, needlework and the Juice walking group. 

Visit Juice to book an activity

You can also browse Juice articles about creating a positive mindset. Articles include the value of walking meetings, meditation and the benefits of music on health and wellbeing.

Visit the Health Hub

If you're looking for a practical way forward to a problem, feel free to make use of our confidential helpline.

About the staff helpline

And for details of alternative mental health support visit the You don’t have to face it alone pages.

You don't have to face it alone