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University Mental Health Day 2020 is on Thursday 5 March 2020. We are running a series of events and activities on Thursday and Friday to inspire conversation and promote mental wellbeing. The theme this year is ‘Community’ so this is a great opportunity to meet new colleagues and get networking. The activities are aimed at all University staff and students.

John Radcliffe Hospital

Wellbeing Walk

Thursday, 12.15pm-1.00pm

Got a Fitbit? Need more steps in your day? Then join us for a lunchtime stroll around Bury Knowle Park and walk your way toward better physical health and mental wellbeing! Meet Lisa Bjork and Gemma Horbatowski at the main entrance of the JR Hospital (outside M&S) at 12.15pm. Non-Fitbit users welcome too!


Stretch, Breath and Meditate

Thursday, 2.00pm-2.30pm

In this session, learn some simple stretching, breathing and meditation techniques to practise at work and at home. Please email Louise King to book your place.


Afternoon Social

Thursday, 2.45pm-3.30pm

NDS Seminar Room, Level 6, JR

Connect with the people around you over a cuppa and a slice of cake. This is a ‘bring along and share’ activity, so please bring (homemade or shop bought) cake. Tea and coffee will be provided. There will also be the opportunity to play some board games.


Table Tennis,

Thursday, 3.30pm-5.00pm

NDS Seminar Room, Level 6, JR

Come along and enjoy a game or two of table tennis!


Mental Health First Aid overview

Friday, 10.30am
NDS Seminar room, Level 6, JR

St John Ambulance will give a brief overview on the importance and benefits of Mental Health First Aid and Resilience training in the workplace.


Old Road Campus Research Building

Lunchtime Desk Yoga 20 minutes

IBME meeting room, first floor

Thursday, 1.30pm and 2.00pm

Sitting at a desk for hours on end places unnecessary strain on the lumbar spine, overstretches the mid to upper back, and shortens the chest and hips - leading to neck, shoulder, and low back pain. 

Give yourself an energy boost and focus your mind with a simple desk yoga routine. You will learn a sequence of yoga inspired stretches to relieve stress and increase flexibility, which you’ll be able to do at your desk anytime. The poses will be practiced sitting on a chair and standing up. Please email Tarryn Ching to book your place.  Spaces are limited to 12 per session.


Mindfulness Taster Session 75 minutes

NDM Research Building (TDI) seminar room

Thursday, 1.30pm

Considerable research has demonstrated that mindfulness is effective for reducing stress, alleviation anxiety and improving emotional well-being.

For more information and to register for your space on Eventbrite please follow the link: Mindfulness Taster Session Registration


Inspiring Conversation Afternoon Tea and Cake in the Atrium (bring and share)

ORCRB Atrium

Thursday, 3.00pm

Please join us with your cuppa and bring and share some cake. 


Hatha Yoga 45 minutes

Ludwig seminar room

Friday, 12.00pm                                                                                                                             

Hannah has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and has been teaching since she qualified in 2016.

Hatha is a slower-paced class, great for beginners to help build a solid foundation through to more advanced yogis looking to ground in their practice.

This session will be £8 per person.  Please book your space by emailing Tarryn Ching and paying your £8 by Friday 28 February to confirm your spot.

Please wear comfortable clothes you can do yoga in and please bring a yoga mat if you have one, yoga mats will be provided for those that don’t have one.

Spaces are limited.


Running Club

Meet Sarah Andrews with the running club outside the ORCRB main entrance

Friday, 12.15pm

For those feeling a bit more energetic! Whether you are new to running or an experienced athlete - everyone is welcome!


ORCRB Social Board Games Evening

ORCRB atrium

Friday, from 5pm

There will be a selection of wines, beers, ciders, pre-mixed cans and soft drinks available for £1 per drink.

This will be organised by Sean Elias and the Jenner, if anyone is available to give us a hand for either the set-up, manning the bar or clearing up, please email Tarryn Ching