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At the Institute of Continuing Education, we understand that taking on a new course in higher education can be a big step out of your comfort zone and a cause of stress. We want to assure you of the support that is in place, to make your study experience a positive and fulfilling one.

Mental Health Awareness Week takes place every May and was set up by the Mental Health Foundation. The aim is to bring together communities across the UK, to improve understanding and share advice on how to. Each year has a theme, and this year, it is Movement.

We spoke to Dr Annie Carr, one of the designated Safeguarding Officer’s at the Institute about the importance of looking after your mental health and the support that is in place for our learners.

Annie says: “Mental Health Awareness Week is important as it brings into focus the need for people to prioritise their own mental health, to take time reflect and to review how they feel and where that leaves them. Mental Health Awareness is inclusive and helping to reduce the stigma which can surround mental health issues and supporting people to feel more confident to speak out and to seek help when they need it.

The benefits of exercise on mental and physical health are extensive and profound. In terms of mental health, the evidence shows that even small amounts of exercise, reduce anxiety, depression, and negative mood. Regular physical activity has been demonstrated to improve self-esteem and cognitive function (i.e.“brain power”). What’s not to like? A short stroll in a park or around your neighbourhood acts as a natural medicine to support good mental health. You could try short walks or even moving around your home. This could be doing housework, gardening or yoga. When we work with our students we can listen to their feelings and share these simple ways to improve mental health.

The Institute and the University have a range of resources to support mental health, and these can be accessed through your VLE. Student's in need of support can self-refer to our team  to let us know they are struggling.

Students who are well and happy are more successful- research has demonstrated that when students are in good mental health, they learn better, are more creative and more productive. Students who are happy are also more social and improve their physical health.”

If you are studying and feel a toll on your mental health, please reach out to our wellbeing team: Ensure you are moving plenty and enjoying the mental benefits of exercise and movement alongside the hard work you are putting in.


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