Swansea University reflect on their ‘Wellbeing Month’ activities, which included a ‘virtual’ Anti-Stigma talk from one of our Champions over Zoom, as well as pre-recorded anti-stigma talks which were posted on their internal networks and had a huge 115 views as staff were able to watch in their own time.

Throughout this period of unprecedented upheaval, we know that many of our Pledged Employers have been working hard to support their employee’s mental health and wellbeing.

Here, we hear from Swansea University about their ‘Wellbeing Month’ activities, which included a ‘virtual’ Anti-Stigma talk from one of our Champions over Zoom, as well as pre-recorded anti-stigma talks, posted on their internal networks which had a huge 115 views as staff were able to watch in their own time.

Here’s what else they got up to:

Staff throughout the university with a passion for health and wellbeing have joined forces during the covid-19 pandemic.

Never has there been a better time to join together to improve, reflect and participate in things that make us feel better.

The Centenary Wellbeing Month throughout May was a fun, engaging and interactive online awareness campaign to educate staff on the importance of maintaining good health and wellbeing during lockdown.

We know that life during lockdown can be tough on our mental health. People feel more isolated and out of touch from our usual routines which in itself becomes disorientating.

From frank chats with specialists, a Time to Change Wales champion sharing a poignant session how bereavement and domestic abuse changed their life, to rugby players explaining what causes stress and how we can create healthy coping mechanisms at home.

Physical activity is one of the best things we can do to stay healthy. Staff have been encouraged to stay active during lockdown with yoga, pilates, getting your steps in and even a teabag challenge! Help and advice were on hand, as well as recommendations on how to build activity into our disrupted routines.

Craft sessions provided a much-needed break from technology. From novice to regular crafters, all staff were encouraged to release serotonin by knitting, reading and creating which helps not only individuals, but builds a sense of community when many of our own family and friends are not around us.

Whilst this was a one-off large scale campaign, regular health and wellbeing activities are scheduled for the coming months and when we return to our regular routines.

If you would like to book a virtual anti-stigma talk or would like us to send pre-recorded and audio presentations for you to share with your staff, please contact c.williams@timetochangewales.org.uk

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