Events for World Mental Health Day

Monday 08-10-2018 - 11:01


This year the Wellbeing @ USW group are proud to be hosting a series of events across all campuses in support of World Mental Health Day on 10th October 2018.

The campaign this year focuses on Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.


Toast and Chat

In conjunction with Brace’s Bread, students and staff are invited to go along to any of the ‘Toast and Chat’ area detailed below.





B block foyer



Meeting Room 1, Estates



LRC, Staff Room



Library Training Room



J block foyer

From 1pm

Lower Glyntaff


12-1pm - Staff

Students welcome on return from lunch 1-2pm

Sports Park



Cardiff, Atrium



11am onwards

1.30pm onwards

Newport City


12-1pm & 2.30pm-3.30pm

At each of the locations, there will be a suggestion box, where you will be invited to anonymously “post” suggestions on how wellbeing back be improved either within your ownareas, or at USW as a whole. These may be something like, “making sure all staff take a lunch break” to “setting up a walking group”. All suggestions will be considered by the Wellbeing@USW group


Wellbeing @USW Group Launch Event

USW have recently established a Wellbeing @USW Group with the aim of raising awareness through events and activities in the area of mental health and wellbeing. This lunchtime event will launch the group and include a lived experience talk from a Time to Change Wales Champion.

This event is open to staff and students and will take place between 12.30 and 1.30pm in TRB012.

The USW 1Voice choir will also be performing at 1.30pm in TRB012 (further information on the choir can be found below)

At the Atrium, between 1 and 1.30pm, Louise Wheeler and Alex Lloyd Jenkins will be speaking on Mental Health issues in CA414 and all are welcome.


GO Wales Crafting Table

The GO Wales team at University of South Wales will be setting up their crafting table at the Careers Space in the Library at Treforest Campus from 11am to 1pm and then again in the Street at the Atrium in Cardiff from 2pm to 4pm.

Come along and find out for yourself how crafting can improve your mental health. We will show you how to make an impressive flower brooch using fabric, thread, buttons and trim kindly donated by the Fashion Department.

Find out more about the benefits of crafting here or contact Lise Jacobsen, GO Wales Employability Adviser and Fair Play 30 Champion or telephone 01443 654 834 for further information.


USW Psychology Society

The Psychology Society will be holding a charity cake sale in aid of Mind Cymru between 11-1pm in the Psychology lounge in D block.

There will be a talk at 6pm in H39, followed by a screening of the animated film Inside Out in H39 at 7pm.


Film and discussion: Girl Interrupted

10 October 2018 16:30 - 19:30

Location: Lecture theatre (AB108) Aneurin Bevan Building, Glyntaff

Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a ‘mental hospital’ in the 1960s, Girl Interrupted (1999) depicts 18-year-old Susanna Kaysen (played by Angelina Jolie) who has a breakdown and after taking an overdose, is checked into a Claymoore hospital.

On the ward, she befriends Polly, a patient with schizophrenia; Georgina, a pathological liar; and Daisy, who self-harms and has obsessive-compulsive disorder. She is drawn to sociopath Lisa, who is rebellious but charismatic and encourages Susanna to stop taking her medication and resist therapy.

The film is just over two hours long, followed by a post-movie discussion. Please feel free to bring popcorn!

For more info contact


Cake sale in aid of Mind Cymru

Marketing and Student Recruitment will be holding a charity bake sale in D135 at 11am.


Libraries Week


World Mental Health Day falls within Libraries Week (8-13th October) which this year focuses on Wellbeing.

To mark both, the library team on every campus will be offering mindfulness colouring and jigsaw puzzles, along with book displays, reading lists and playlists around the theme of wellbeing. Find out more about USW LIbrary events here. 



USW 1Voice Choir

Run by Tim Goss and Lynne Phillips, the USW 1Voice Choir meets every Wednesday, between 1pm and 2pm in the Meeting House on the Treforest Campus. Everyone is welcome to join, whenever they can make it. There’s no obligation to attend every week.

 "Singing is good for you – there is no doubt about it,” says Tim. “The most obvious benefits are you get to join a lovely group of people once a week, make new friends, and get an hour away from your desk and the stress of day-to-day work.”


USW Meeting House

The Meeting House is open for staff and students on World Mental Health Day…and every day!

Here you can relax, forget the pressures of University life for a little while, and just enjoy being with other people, or if you prefer, sitting quietly by yourself.

A comfortable lounge has jigsaws, board games and books, as well as free tea and coffee. Along with this, a relaxation room is available where you can meditate or sit peacefully. If you need to speak to someone, there is the opportunity to talk with a Chaplain.


Creative Writing Workshop

Author and USW Lecturer Barrie Llewellyn will be running a Creative Writing workshop on Friday 18th October, between 1 and 2pm in TR D123, which will be creative and interactive and participants will explore the power of writing.  “You will be led in short writing exercises which you may or may not choose to share with the rest of the group. You may come away with another tool to help you to relieve stress or solve a problem AND you could also come away with an idea for a novel!” This session will last approximately 45 minutes – bring a pen and a pad!





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