Mental Health Awareness Week

18-22 May

#HealthyLSE

You don’t have to have all the answers - simply listening is sometimes the best thing you can do

Get informed about mental health and the support available to you at LSE, and take part in activities to help us be kind to ourselves and each other. Explore what's on for students and staff in the sections below and check back for updates in the coming weeks.

Here are some further ideas for how you can get involved throughout the week and beyond:

  • Refresh your understanding of common mental health issues with Mind's resources for mental health.
  • Familiarise yourself with LSE's Safe Contacts initiative, offering support for bullying, harassment and sexual violence.
  • Check in with your friends and ask them how they're doing - it could make the world of difference. 

Mental Health Staff Champion Sarah shares how she might reach out to a friend: 

"Tell them that you're there for them if they ever want to talk and be careful not to pressure them into anything they don’t want to discuss. You don’t have to have all the answers - simply listening is sometimes the best thing you can do when checking in on someone."

 

Activities and resources for students

Book a place: Managing sleep difficulties

Monday 18 May, 12 noon or Wednesday 20 May, 2pm

Duration: 45 mins

Are you experiencing insomnia? Disrupted asleep? Are your sleeping patterns affecting your work or day to day functioning? Affected sleep can have an adverse effect on our mood, functioning and wellbeing.

This workshop from the Student Wellbeing Service is open to students and staff, and will cover:

  • Myths associated with sleep
  • How much sleep do we need?
  • Identifying sleep difficulties and why they persist
  • Increase your understanding of strategies and approaches to help you work towards achieving better sleep.

These workshops will be small groups of up to 12 people. Once you've booked a place, you'll be sent details for the Zoom login.

Sign up here

This workshop is open to both staff and students.

Book a place: Understanding anxiety

Monday 18 May, 11am or Wednesday 20 May, 2pm

Duration: 1 hour

This regular workshop from the Student Counselling Service focuses on anxiety and how to handle it. 

The workshop will offer an overview and understanding of what anxiety is, how it can help and techniques to help manage it when it feels too much.

Each of the workshops will be carried out online via Zoom and the meeting link will be sent to you once you have booked a place.

The workshop will last up to 55 minutes. We will start by checking in briefly so do please join us on time.

In order to help with safety, we ask that all participants agree to respect confidentiality:

  • Other members of the workshop may share personal information which we ask you to keep confidential and do nothing that might identify other group members. 
  • The workshop may also raise or trigger uncomfortable feelings. If this occurs, please don't hesitate to let the facilitator know or request a break from the workshop

Sign up here

Book a place: The 10 Minute Mind live mindfulness Q&A

Tuesday 19 May, 5pm or Thursday 21 May, 5pm

Duration: 1 hour

Monique Rhodes, founder of The 10 Minute Mind will host a live Q & A session from California, on the benefits of mindfulness and the unique approach of the 10 minute approach The 10 Minute Mind offers. Come prepared with questions you wish to ask around mindfulness and how best to add The 10 Minute Mind into your day.

Sign up here

These sessions are open to both staff and students.

Book a place: Manage your time

Friday 22 May, 12 noon

Being realistic about what you can achieve and creating a structured plan are ways to be kind to yourself while you're studying. Sign up to this LSE LIFE webinar on managing your time to plan your exam preparation and summative assessments.

Sign up now

LSE LIFE are continuing to offer one-to-one online sessions with their study advisers - find out more.

Watch: How might counselling help you?

LSE's Student Counselling Service can help you cope more effectively with any personal or study difficulties. Watch our video to find out more and hear from our counsellors, and visit our webpage to get in touch. Our appointments are currently available online.

Explore: LSE resources to support your mental health

Knowing what support is available to you is a big part of being kind to yourself and protecting your mental health. The Student Wellbeing webpage provides an overview of what's available to you at LSE. Take time to familiarise yourself with the key services and bookmark the page to refer back to, should you need it in the future.

Read: Insights from our Peer Supporters

Have you ever wanted to talk to someone confidentially about something that's troubling you? Our trained student volunteers are here to support you and will listen to whatever's on your mind. Peer Supporter Tai Tzu Chiang explains it all in her student blog.

Being compassionate towards yourself is especially important as we prepare for online assessments - read more about self-care study tips from the Peer Supporters.

Peer Supporters are available remotely - visit their webpage to find out more.


Activities and resources for staff

Book a place: Managing anxiety in the time of coronavirus

Monday 18 May, 2pm or Thursday 21 May, 2pm

Duration: 45 mins

How are you managing with anxiety during this current time period? How do you feel about the lockdown or the prospect of resuming work and other day-to-day activities? This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will provide a space for staff to share concerns about life during the epidemic. It will also cover a range of practical strategies and approaches to help you manage anxiety and stress.

These workshops will be a small group of up to 12 people. Once you've booked a place, you'll be sent details for the Zoom login.

Sign up here

Book a place: Living with loss, change and grief

Tuesday 19 May, 12 noon and Friday 22 May, 12 noon

Duration: 45 mins

Have you recently been affected by loss? How can we manage a bereavement within our family or among close friends, as well as feelings of grief for others who may be important to us?

This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will provide a space for staff to talk about feelings of loss. It will also examine the human response to loss and grief, as well as covering a range of approaches that may help you manage over the weeks and months that follow the loss of someone close to us.

This workshop will be a small group of up to 12 people. Once you've booked a place, you'll be sent details for the Zoom login.

Sign up here

Book a place: The 10 Minute Mind live mindfulness Q&A

Tuesday 19 May, 5pm or Thursday 21 May, 5pm

Duration: 1 hour

Monique Rhodes, founder of The 10 Minute Mind will host a live Q & A session from California, on the benefits of mindfulness and the unique approach of the 10 minute approach The 10 Minute Mind offers. Come prepared with questions you wish to ask around mindfulness and how best to add The 10 Minute Mind into your day.

Sign up here

These sessions are open to both staff and students.

Book a place: Staying connected 

Wednesday 20 May, 11.30am

Duration: 45 mins

For most, the recent changes have led to an increase in anxiety and uncertainty. Staying connected helps us to talk about these changes, hear others' experiences, and benefit from the support of colleagues. This workshop from the Student Counselling Service will connect staff members at LSE and create a space where we can talk about the impact and challenges, as well exchanging tips and techniques for resilience.

Sign up here

Book a place: Managing sleep difficulties

Monday 18 May, 12 noon or Wednesday 20 May, 2pm

Duration: 45 mins

Are you experiencing insomnia? Disrupted asleep? Are your sleeping patterns affecting your work or day to day functioning? Affected sleep can have an adverse effect on our mood, functioning and wellbeing.

This workshop from the Student Wellbeing Service is open to students and staff, and will cover:

  • Myths associated with sleep
  • How much sleep do we need?
  • Identifying sleep difficulties and why they persist
  • Increase your understanding of strategies and approaches to help you work towards achieving better sleep.

These workshops will be small groups of up to 12 people. Once you've booked a place, you'll be sent details for the Zoom login.

Sign up here

This workshop is open to both staff and students.

Take online training: Supporting student mental health

This training covers warning signs, listening techniques and signposting advice, with an enhanced module for student-facing staff and a specific section on coronavirus. It's quick and easy to complete, enabling you to refresh your understanding and awareness of mental health and how to support those around you.

Take the training

Get support: What is the Staff Counselling Service?

Did you know that you can talk to a counsellor about any problem that's causing you concern or distress? This can be personal or work-related. The service is inclusive and confidential, and currently offering remote support for all staff.

Visit the Staff Counselling webpage

You can also access support from the Mental Health Staff Champions and the Mental Health First Aid network.