TV debut

NW baby_TV debut  Natalie is an ALS student, completing her PG nursing degree at BU. She works in Southampton’s Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), and has been involved in a Channel 4 documentary about their work on the unit.

‘My Baby’s Life: Who Decides?’ is a observational documentary filmed over a year about children on life support and the decisions facing their parents and the doctors who care for them.     NWTV debut

The two –part documentary looks at the treatment of children who have little hope of ever being able to live a full or happy life:

 

documentary/http://www.channel4.com/programmes/my-babys-life-who-decides

 

 

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Gareth’s award!

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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!

https://www.livewellsouthwest.co.uk/news/2017-11-30/plymouth-social-worker-wins-top-award-at-national-awards-ceremony

 

 

 

Mindfulness exercises ‘help students stay focused in class’

Checkout this research, noted by Steevie:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/mindfulness-exercises-help-students-stay-focused-class

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

University Mental Health Day at BU: Thursday 1st March 2018

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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-logo-w-o-space_2 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.

Proud of student success

We are proud to share further news on Paul Whittington, an ALS student who has cerebral palsy. Paul has submitted his final PhD thesis and will be graduating as Dr Whittington in November! He has now started his 3-year post-doctoral researcher position in the Faculty of Science and Technology at BU. 

And if it’s not enough…Paul’s car and the system that he developed to control the motorised driver’s seat, lift and tailgate (SmartATRS) is going to be featured in the Special Issue 1,491 (pages 24 and 25)  of Auto Express magazine (20 Sep to 10 Oct).

Well done Paul, the sky’s the limit!