Wellbeing @ Beds

University Mental Health Charter

mental health

The Mental Health Charter Programme, spear-headed by Student Minds – the UK’s student mental health charity – brings together universities which are committed to making mental health and wellbeing a university-wide priority to share practice and create cultural change.

By joining the University Mental Health Charter Programme, universities have committed to working towards a set of evidence-informed principles of good practice. These include a commitment to work with staff and students to provide effective and adequately resourced support services, and the determination to create an environment and culture that reduces poor mental health and promotes good mental health for the whole university community.

Bedfordshire hopes its membership of this programme will help lead the way in demonstrating the University’s commitment to mental health.

You can find out more information about the University Mental Health Charter on the Student Minds website

Mental Health Awareness Week - 15-21 May 2023

Join us for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week from Monday 15th - Friday 19th May 2023.

At the University of Bedfordshire mental health and wellbeing is a priority for our staff and students.

Come along to one of our information stands at Bedford and Luton campus. You can find us on the ground floor of the Gateway in Bedford, and the ground floor of the Campus Centre in Luton.

You can find out about the programme of activities taking place throughout the week, both on campus and online, to support the mental health of our staff and students. Please see details below for the full programme.

You will also be able to find out more about the University Mental Health Charter and our commitment to making sure mental wellbeing is a university-wide priority for all.


Day Time Location Activity How to join
Monday 9.30-10.30 A404, Park Square Mindfulness

A chance to slow down and take control. This session shows how 'mindful movement' and paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you, can improve your mental wellbeing.
No booking required.
Monday 17.30-18.30 Fitness Studio, Aspire Gym Yoga

This relaxing session will help with relaxation, core strength and flexibility.
Book on the Get Active website
Tuesday 10.30-12.15 A001, Park Square Sound Bath Meditation

Experience sound bath meditation to help you focus on the present moment and clear your mind of distractions. Get rid of negative emotions, like anger and frustration and achieve deeper states of relaxation, which can lead to better sleep, reduced stress levels, and improved moods.
Pre-bookings only. Email: REN@beds.ac.uk
Tuesday 12.30-13.15 Fitness Studio, Aspire Gym Yoga

This relaxing session will help with relaxation, core strength and flexibility.
Book on the Get Active website
Tuesday 17.30-18.30 Fitness Studio, Aspire Gym Pilates

Join us at this low-impact session with a focus on flexibility, muscular strength and endurance movements.
Book on the Get Active website
Wednesday 12.00-13.00 Meet at Campus Centre Reception Wednesday Walk

A 1-hour Upper Lea Valley Walk round trip walk to find Eric covering a distance of approx. 3.6 miles or a 30 minute guided shortened route for those who need to get back early.
No booking required.
Wednesday 12.30-13.30 Treehouse Returning to Joy Workshop

These sessions are designed to help deal with big emotions when they are triggered (you feel them) and you will be given tools to help you return to joy and peace.
Pre-booking advised. Email: treehouse@beds.ac.uk
Wednesday 13.30-15:00 A423a, Park Square Sip and Paint

"Sip and Paint" is a form of psychotherapy that helps people understand their feelings and emotions through the art they create. It promotes mindfulness and healing as you express your inner creative abilities, and is proven to ease effects of many mental health issues, including depression, stress and fatigue.
Pre-bookings only. Email: REN@beds.ac.uk
Wednesday 15.00-16.30 Ground Floor, Campus Centre Relax and unwind

It can be a stressful time of year with exams and assignments due. It is important we take some time to relax and unwind. In this session, you can choose between colouring in, building models out of plasticine, or developing your origami skills. These activities can help to calm your mind and relieve stress.
No booking required.
Thursday All day   Wear it Green Day

Let's all join together and wear green to raise awareness of mental health.
 
Thursday 12.00-13.00 Ground Floor, PG Centre Bhangra Fit Workout

Bhangra is a dance form that is popular for its highly energetic and upbeat moves. This high intensity, high energy, fat burning cardio routine includes continuous and rhythmic movements, making it a good aerobic workout for the whole body. It helps tone arms, hips, and leg muscles and will get the heart racing within minutes.
No booking required.
Thursday 12.30-13.15 Fitness Studio, Aspire Gym Trigger Point Pilates

Trigger Point Pilates is a combination of Pilates based exercises combined with Myofascia Release. This means you will be strengthening your core and releasing muscle tightness in the same class.
Book on the Get Active website
Thursday 12.30-13.30 Treehouse Returning to Joy Workshop

These sessions are designed to help deal with big emotions when they are triggered (you feel them) and you will be given tools to help you return to joy and peace.
Pre-booking advised. Email: treehouse@beds.ac.uk
Friday 10.00-11.30 11.30-13.00 A408, Park Square CPR and DEFIB Training

Basic life support, will give you the confidence to act quickly and effectively if someone has a cardiac arrest. This session is delivered by the East Anglia Air
Ambulance Crew and International UoB student Dr Chukwuka Unzo, an EAAA volunteer will teach you how to operate a defibrillator and how to perform effective CPR.
Pre-bookings only. Email: REN@beds.ac.uk

Day Time Location Activity How to join
Monday 10.00-11.30 Ground Floor, Gateway Relax and Unwind

It can be a stressful time of year with exams and assignments due. It is important we take some time to relax and unwind. In this session, you can choose between colouring in, building models out of plasticine, or developing your origami skills. These activities can help to calm your mind and relieve stress.
No booking required.
Tuesday 12.00-12.30 P0.31 Pilates

Join us at this low-impact session with a focus on flexibility, muscular strength and endurance movements.
Book on the Get Active website
Tuesday 12.30-13.00 P0.31 Trigger Point Pilates

Trigger Point Pilates is a combination of Pilates based exercises combined with Myofascia Release. This means you will be strengthening your core and releasing muscle tightness in the same class.
Book on the Get Active website
Thursday All day   Wear it Green Day

Let's all join together and wear green to raise awareness of mental health.
 
Friday 12.00-12.45 P0.31 Yoga

This relaxing session will help with relaxation, core strength and flexibility.
Book on the Get Active website

Day Time Location Activity How to join
Tuesday 11.00-12.00 Microsoft Teams What next? A guide to finishing university and how to overcome that fear of the unknown

If you’re graduating this year, you might be experiencing a roller-coaster of emotions. Excitement for finishing your exams and coursework, but perhaps uncertainty about the “what next”.

Join Graduate Support Manager, Cat Bernet-Wilson, who will share some useful tips for helping you prepare for your next steps after graduation.
Join on Teams here
Wednesday 13.00-13.30 Online Mindfulness

This session shows how 'mindful movement' and paying more attention to the present moment, to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you, can improve your mental wellbeing.
Book on the Get Active website
Wednesday 17.30-18.30 Online Yoga

This relaxing session will help with relaxation, core strength and flexibility.
Book on the Get Active website
Friday 11.00-12.30 Microsoft Teams Understanding and Managing Anxiety

This session aims to help you understand the physical symptoms of anxiety and why we experience them. You will explore the different thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with anxiety and learn some basic techniques to help you manage your anxious feelings.
Join on Teams here

address

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Luton campus
LU1 3JU

24/7 SiD Online (student login)

email

Student Information Desk
sid@beds.ac.uk

telephone

Student Information Desk (SiD)

0300 300 0042

Our phone lines are open:

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