Paying tribute to the wonderful Stephen Hawking with a few of his ‘inspirational quotes’. Thanks to Ana for reminding us about these.
“Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious, and however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
“My advice to other disabled people would be, concentrate on things your disability doesn’t prevent you doing well, and don’t regret the things it interferes with. Don’t be disabled in spirit, as well as physically.”
Thanks to Steevie for the link to this TED talk from comedian and stroyteller Bill Bernat, who shares a really sensitive, yet humorous approach to talking to people living with depression.
Thursday 1 March 2018 is University Mental Health Day (UMHD). The theme this year focuses on communities and aims to empower all members of the university community to be active in supporting student mental health. SUBU and BU have put together a whole week of activities for you to get involved in.
Student Minds has identified that a lack of community is one of the challenges to student mental health. For many young people, coming to university are the first years they will be away from home and away from established family support networks. According to the Students Minds’ website, our mental health can impact on our capacity to be involved in university life. University can also be a place where students and staff can be supported to build communities and support networks. Communities are fundamental to our mental health and wellbeing, as they can promote:
- A sense of belonging which leads to reduced isolation which in turn encourages positive wellbeing, improving both physical and mental health outcomes.
- Networks of support, where there is signposting, promotion and partnerships with existing mental health support services both in the university and local community.SportBU is also offering activities including free gym access all week, reduced swimming memberships, pay and play sessions and free access to Group Fitness classes at both campuses
- SUBU and BU are supporting this day by offering a week of activities, including Tai chi, craft workshops, musical events and a walk between campuses. There will also be student wellbeing drop-in session on both campuses. Check out the full programme to see what’s on offer.
We’d like to share some thougths from two students who work with our ALS tutor Carolyn and Jack. Both these students wanted to share their unique experiences of meeting Jack.
Amy, Media Production: “I have a big fear of dogs, but can cope with Jack the therapy dog at uni, been really stressed and sitting with him helped escape everything”
Annika, Forensic Biology:
“I am not a dog person but if you meet Jack you will be! A passive, non- threatening little furry friend who waits for you to approach him. He doesn’t bark or jump up. He has a bed in the office where you will find him lying in, or on the floor having a leisurely stroll- up and down the corridor. He is a special needs dog and his expert training is very prevalent.
He doesn’t judge you but just ‘is’ ; in case you need some comfort, calmness or distraction. I really recommend everyone to go and visit him.
At home I’m a cat person. At University I’m a dog person!!
Good job, Jack, keep up the good work!
There are many simple, practical reasonable adjustments employers can make for a job applicant with visual impairment.
Thanks to Chris for sharing this great article.
Read this article written by Thomas Madar, a consultant with Auticon, an award-winning IT and compliance consulting business that exclusively employs autistic adults. Here, Thomas shares his experience of employment and how good autism support has been crucial in helping him finding and staying in work.
Thanks to Steevie for sharing this with us.