How to connect with depressed friends

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.


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


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.

Jack, ALS’s very own therapy dog at work

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.

Jack and AmyAmy,  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!!
Thank you”

Good job, Jack, keep up the good work!



Autism: the value of supported employment | Network Autism

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.

BU gets involved with ‘Eating Disorders Awareness Week’ 26 Feb-4 March

Beat,Eating,Disorders,Logo_news_imageTo 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.

For full information and to book onto any of these events:

  • 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