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April 2023

Stress Awareness Month:

April is stress awareness month and throughout the month we will be hosting out stress awareness poster competition!

Do you recognise your signs of stress? Do you know how to manage them? Take this free stress test to find out more about how you are currently feeling.

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month:

Bowel Cancer awareness month helps raise awareness about the sign, symptoms and facts. Did you know that bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer. Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.

Wellbeing Week – Week commencing Monday 17 April 2023:

Our big wellbeing week event is back and it is bigger and better than ever. This year we will be hosting a carnival themed event with numerous activities and sessions throughout the week!

Monday: We will be in the Students’ Union running a range of wellbeing sessions alongside having some mindful sessions taught in one of the Hair and Beauty rooms

Tuesday: Zorbing is back! Tutors will be booking students on to come and join us at Honeywell where we will be hosting zorbing for students

Wednesday: Wellbeing Wednesday at the Sixth Form College. During the lunch period we will be hosting a society fare at the Sixth Form! Come and see what societies you could join

Thursday: Carnival day! We have a host of stalls, activities and goodies to give away. This will be at our Old Mill Lane site and will run from 10:00am to 2:00pm that day, come and see what we have got to offer

Friday: Feel good Friday will be the time to slow down from the week. We will have a range of information on our Facebook page about feel good activities that you could try. We will also be at the Sixth Form College in the Morning offering a range of activities that can support with stress!

Throughout this week we will also be in the Urban Park running our Picnic in the Park sessions! Come and spend your break in the lovely outdoors and see what activities we have to offer.

Did you know that we have collated a directory of local and national helplines that can offer you advice and support? We also have a range of self-help guides on our Mental Wealth Page.

Here are some other services that can support your mental wealth:
Home – Mind
Barnsley IAPT Service | NHS | South West Yorkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
YoungMinds | Mental Health Charity For Children And Young People | YoungMinds

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for awareness days and events.

External Events

TED Talks

Brittany Packnett: How to build your confidence and spark it in others
Chris Bailey: How to get your brain to focus
Christine Lewandowski-Shannon: Mental Well-Being & Mindfulness
Daryl Davis: A chance encounter with a member of the Ku Klux Klan 
Dr. Kasim Al-Mashat: How mindfulness meditation redefines pain, happiness & satisfaction
Gen Kelsang Nyema: Happiness is all in your mind
Jackson Bird: How to talk and listen to transgender people
Kathryn Schulz: Being wrong
Kio Stark: Why you should talk to strangers 
Light Watkins: Debunking the five most common meditation myths


The Burnt Chef Journal – Join us as we explore mental health and wellbeing within the hospitality world and talk openly with our guests about the journey through their careers and experiences with mental health and stress.
Food for Thought Podcast – On a mission to simplify wellness, Rhiannon’s Food For Thought podcast will equip you with all the evidence-based advice you need to live and breathe a healthy lifestyle. She is joined by special guests, all of whom can be considered experts in the world of wellbeing, so that together we can learn fact from fiction and empower the healthiest versions of ourselves with trusted, expert advice.
Give me Strength – What makes a strong person to you? Bestselling author and personal trainer Alice Liveing interviews extraordinary people about the importance of building mental and physical resilience and how this can empower us to live happier, stronger lives.
Happy Place Podcast – Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place podcast series builds on the success of the top 10 bestseller Happy, where Fearne draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy each and every day. Listen to Fearne chat with guests about mental health and their experiences.
How to Fail Podcast – How To Fail With Elizabeth Day is a podcast that celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better.
The Calmer You – The Calmer You Podcast is about helping you to heal anxiety, quiet the inner critic and live a more expansive life of calm and confidence.

Calming Cards:

Have you seen our Calming Cards? Each offer different technique on how to calm your heart and mind.

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