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!
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.
To mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week during Monday 26 – Wednesday 28 February, Bournemouth University is working in close partnership with Students’ Union Bournemouth University (SUBU) and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust, to host a series of informative events, which we hope will raise awareness of eating disorders. The events are free and are open to staff, students and the wider community, but do need to be booked. https://www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/edaw
For full information and to book onto any of these events: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/eating-disorder-awareness-week-2018-16484201298
- Monday 26 February, 12.00-1.00pm: Living with and working in mental health
- Tuesday 27 February 2.00-3.00pm: Anorexia nervosa: The reality and the recovery
- Wednesday 28 February, 1.00-2.00pm: When the body becomes a battleground for emotional distress: Exploring how emotional intelligence can be applied to eating disorders
- Wednesday 28 February, 8.00-9.00pm: Mental
BBC interview with comedian John Scott who was labelled schizophrenic for five years before he ended up in crisis in hospital and face-to-face with the psychologists who had gone to his show….