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Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 13-19 May 2019.

Take a time for yourself with these activities:

Student stress-soothers – relaxing activities in inspiring surroundings

Take time out from the pressures of revision and exams and enjoy some relaxing activities in the beautiful surroundings of Oxford University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums.

From late April to the end of May, you’ll find a programme of FREE activities to help you unwind. Dedicated to students, these morning and evening activities are ideal opportunities to relax and learn new skills in inspiring surroundings - from yoga in the Weston Library to sketching in the Museum of Natural History. Spaces are limited, so book ahead to guarantee your place.

Details at www.glam.ox.ac.uk/student-stress-soothers.

Mindfulness resources: Free online course

Be Mindful is a 4-week fully online mindfulness course that’s evidence-based, reputable and highly effective at significantly reducing levels of stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, rumination, and improving sleep quality and resilience. The course is available to all staff free of charge. It can be used to help reduce stress and anxiety, increase mental resilience, or improve mood and every day feelings of happiness, and many more.

For more information and to enroll on the course, visit the Be Mindful webpage on the Occupational Health Services’ website (SSO required).

Mindfulness resources: Free lunchtime session

Blake Morgan and Hays HR Forum seminars allow for networking with fellow HR professionals over lunch followed by a presentation with the opportunity to ask questions and share thoughts and views on developing areas and best practice. And this month sees "Mental Health Awareness week" (from 13 May – 19 May 2019) and they are hosting Oxfordshire Mind who will be speaking about improving you and your employees' wellbeing in the workplace through "five ways to wellbeing".

Recent statistics confirm that one in five employees (21 percent) stated that they had called in sick to work, rather than discuss how workplace stress had affected them. In addition more than 30 percent of employees disagreed that they could "talk openly" with their line manager about stress and with a third of all Fitnotes now being due to mental health issues, employers are asking what can they do to support and help their workforce?

The session will be led by Oxfordshire Mind's Workplace Wellbeing Trainer Colette Norbury who will talk us through how connecting, being active, taking notice, learning and giving can make a positive difference to how you and your workforce feel. It will take place in their Oxfordshire offices and may be of interest to you, your HR staff or your wellbeing leads.

To register for the May Forum, sign up here.