Plymouth social worker wins top award at national awards ceremony. Gareth Benjamin, who works at Livewell Southwest, was named winner of the Mental Health Social Worker of the Year award at the national event which took place on Friday 24 November 2017 in London.
The judges commended Gareth on his personal approach and praised him for his strong commitment to human rights, his drive to challenge the disadvantages faced by mental health service users and his enthusiasm for learning
Gareth is an ALS student who has just successfully completed his PG Diploma Advanced Mental Health Practise at Bournemouth University.
Many congratulations Gareth!
Launch of the Assistive Technology Scholarship. LexAble, Texthelp, Matchware, Sonocent, Learning Labs and DnA have teamed up to give their software and training away for free!
Absolutely anyone can apply for the scholarship. http://www.atscholarship.com/
Checkout this research, noted by Steevie:
Taking part in brief mindfulness exercises can help university students stay focused during lectures, researchers have claimed.
The authors of a study that found that undergraduates who participated in a three-minute breathing activity at the start of classes reported feeling less distracted and more positive have argued that their findings demonstrate that mindfulness training can benefit learners and does not have to be time-consuming
Check out this website that one of Allison’s students has produced on Invisible Disabilities (IBD, Diabetes etc.) for his course. It works best on full screen.
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.