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Stay connected and develop your skills this UK Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week is the UK's national week to raise awareness of mental health and mental health problems. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, it seeks to inspire action and promote the message of good mental health for everyone.

This year’s event takes place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 May 2022 and has the theme of ‘loneliness’, raising awareness of its impact on our wellbeing and exploring practical steps we can take to address it.

Take Time Out and boost your wellbeing

A great way to connect with your peers is by taking part in Take Time Out activities. There are over 40 wellbeing events taking place this May for you to take a break from studies, find new ways to wellbeing and meet other people.

Find out more in our article 'Take Time Out this May with over 40 wellbeing events across King’s and online'.

Discover opportunities to grow your network and CV

To mark Mental Health Awareness Week, King’s Volunteering, in partnership with the Organisational Development team will be hosting their next online Connecting with Charities event: Take Action on Wellbeing on Wednesday 11 May, 13.00 - 13.45.

Joining the event will be Blackfriars Settlement, KCLSU Positive Peers, and Msaada at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, three brilliant community partners that are working to support people living with mental health issues and promote positive mental wellbeing.

By taking part, you will have the opportunity to hear about their mission, find out how you can get involved, and have an opportunity to ask any questions you might have.

Register for your free ticket on Eventbrite.

Stay connected during the exam season

The Faculty Wellbeing & Welfare Advisors have been offering advice sessions on overcoming assessment anxiety within each faculty, and how to best prepare yourself for this challenging period whilst maintaining your wellbeing.

You can watch a recording of their session on Kaltura. For further support and supportive conversation, feel free to get in touch with the team at studentwellbeing&welfare@kcl.ac.uk.

The links to techniques mentioned in the session are below:

Learn something new with this month’s Sustainability Seminar

What are the links between mental health and climate change? What is eco-anxiety? And how can we go about overcoming this?

To mark UK mental health awareness week, this month’s Sustainability Seminar will focus on mental health and climate change. King’s Sustainability will be joined by Dr Kris De Meyer from the Department of Neuroimaging who will share his expertise. Kris is a neuroscientist and the Director of the UCL Climate Action Unit, and an expert on the topic of eco-anxiety.

Kris will explain how the best way to combat eco-anxiety is opening pathways to action, to help you understand you are not powerless and that you can indeed make a difference. Through an interactive seminar, Kris will help you identify what your personal pathway to action might be.

This seminar is part of a series that runs monthly between October 2021 and June 2022 covering some of the biggest topics in sustainability. These seminars are also linked to the KEATS Sustainability module and you can register for sessions by signing up on Microsoft Forms.