Wellbeing Week poster

Date published: October 04, 2017

Wellbeing Week

A BESTSELLING author who wrote about her battle against anxiety is providing mental health tips to students at the University of Salford.

Claire Eastham, author of We’re All Mad Here, will be giving her advice as part of the University’s Wellbeing Week – a series of events aimed at promoting good mental health and making sure students are aware of the support available for them.

The award winning blogger has written in national newspapers and appeared on TV shows to talk about her battle with Social Anxiety Disorder, which she said would cause her to panic during social situations.

As well as talking about her own experiences she will give advice about issues affecting students which can lead to mental health problems if not dealt with properly.

Claire Eastham

Claire (pictured above) said: “While going away to university is exciting, it can also be stressful and there can be emotional issues such as loneliness, low mood, social anxiety, homesickness and workload pressure. Mental health is just as important as physical health – I really wish someone would have told me this when I was at university.

“It’s really important that students have access to as much support and advice as possible, and I think it’s wonderful that the University of Salford is providing events like this.”

Claire’s tips about mental health on campus include:

  • Talk about it – to a friend or family member, to someone from the school, or to a trained counsellor from the University’s well-being team.
  • Keep an eye on your caffeine intake, and try introducing a cup of water with a slice of lemon each day, as well as oily fish like salmon and trout, and almonds.
  • Exercise is a good way of burning off adrenaline, balancing the mood and increasing energy levels – whether it’s going to the gym, dancing, team sports or just brisk walks.
  • Distraction techniques can be useful when the brain won’t ‘shut up’ – try naming all the characters from Game Of Thrones, mentally walking from your house into town or reading audio books.

Claire’s talk will take place in the B’Hive space in the Allerton Building at 11am on Tuesday 10th October. She will also have a stand by the B’Hive for the rest of the day, talking to students about mental health and dealing with struggles at university. Copies of her book will be available.

Other events taking place during the Wellbeing Week include yoga and pilates sessions, opportunities to meet professional counsellors from the wellbeing service, a study skills stand providing information for students worried about workload, and drop in sessions providing information about the University’s exercise with confidence referral service.

Mental health is a national problem among students, with a 2015 NUS survey revealing that 78 per cent of students across the UK had experienced issues during the previous year, and the University has launched the not-for-profit ProtectEd accreditation scheme to assess how well universities look after their students’ safety, security and well-being.

Professor Neil Fowler, Dean of Students at the University of Salford, said: “University can be a tough time, as well as a lonely time for some, and my main message is – don’t suffer in silence. It’s really important all our students know about the wellbeing services we provide, and if they have any problems they should come and talk to us.”

All events listed are FREE. Take a look at our schedule:

Day

Session

Time

Location

Details

Monday 9th October

Yoga

1-2pm

Allerton Main Hall

Delivered by Salford Student & Yoga Instructor Kate Davis. Book a place: http://bit.ly/WellYoga1

Tuesday 10thOctober World Mental Health
Day

Give Sport A Go Drop In Sessions – Table Tennis & Badminton

10am-3pm

Allerton Main Hall

Drop-in and play a spot of The Sports Team will be around informing students around the Exercise with Confidence Referral service, and the SU’s well-being zone. These both provide avenues for students to utilise, around these issues. The Sports Centre would like to have a joint presence with the Wellbeing Team (as the Exercise with Confidence service is a joint collaboration) which Matt is going to co-ordinate.

Tuesday 10th October

Wellbeing Stand

11am-1pm

Mary Seacole Foyer

Drop-in – Meet our professional staff, find out about the support available and discuss your concerns.

Tuesday 10th October

Study Skills Stand

11am-1pm

Mary Seacole Foyer

The Study Skills Team will be on hand to advise students and, of course, provide some more of the freebies we all love!

Tuesday 10th October

Relaxation Session

1-2pm

Allerton B’Hive

Fredha Mahmood, Wellbeing Adviser will run a free relaxation session in one of the B’Hive rooms.

Tuesday 10th October

‘We’re All Mad Here’ talk & stand from Claire Eastham

11am-4pm

Hive 6 & Concourse

Mental health blogger and author of the bestselling book 'We're All Mad Here,' will give a talk in Hive 6 about dealing with struggles at university. Claire will also have a stand on concourse to talk to students about mental health.
Copies of her book will be available.

Tuesday 10th October

Salfood ‘Healthy Food’ stall

12-2pm

Allerton Foyer

Salfood will showcase healthy lunch bowls with proteins & toppings and will be giving out free MOMA smoothie samples! Get them before they are gone!

Wednesday 11th October

Yoga

8am-8:45am

Allerton Main Hall

Delivered by Salford Student & Yoga Instructor Kate Davis. Book a place: http://bit.ly/WellYoga2

Thursday 12thOctober

Salfit Sampling

12.15-1pm

Allerton Main Hall

The Salfit Class is similar to a Tabata Workout, alternating between 20 seconds of max training, followed by a 10-second rest for a total of eight rounds per song (4 minutes).
Each person can rate their mood, before and after participating in the activity & you'll learn the value of engaging within physical activity.
This sample session will be less intense than a standard Salfit class, to ensure that those who participate will be able to continue about their day (without having to get changed through getting hot and sweaty) but still get an understanding of the class concept, and the value of engaging within it.
Book a place: http://bit.ly/SalfitSample

Thursday 12th October

Pilates

1-2pm

Allerton Main Hall

Delivered by in-house instructor Stuart Gibson