Officers Corner

Elected by you, both Imogen and Ffion prioritised improving mental health on their manifestos. Now, as your Deputy and Vice Presidents they are working together to make these changes. One of their projects are these mental health webpages. In Officer’s Corner, you’ll find blogs of updates, as well as helpful resources to maintain your wellbeing.

There’s so much mental health content out there, it can be overwhelming to find helpful resources that suit you. Here, Ffion and Imogen have collated some of their recommended resources into one easy spot!

A personalised mix of feel-good music and motivational podcasts to help you start your day, In the morning, the playlist will be filled with motivational and positive content. While at night, content will focus more on relaxation.

A great starting point, the NHS explains mindfulness, its importance, and how it positively effects mental health. Their mood assessment also helps in understand recent emotions and signposts to appropriate, more specific advice.

Every Mind Matters provide an online quiz which you might find useful to help you reflect on your mental health, with personalised advice..

Student Space is a guidance tool to help during the pandemic. It has a collection of useful articles on how to practically help wellbeing and mental health, such as breathing exercises, digital wellbeing and tips to improve sleep quality.

The University has a few articles collating services they recommend to students, one on mental health and another more generally on wellbeing.

The Wellbeing Thesis is an online resource for postgraduate research students to support your wellbeing, learning and research.

Step Up: University is a project from charity Rethink Mental Illness in collaboration with Universities in London, aiming to improve student mental health. They produce helpful, fun zines on mental health and topics like masculinity, procrastination and BAME mental health.

Blurt is a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression. They have loads of free online resources and articles focus on wellbeing and especially self-care.

DigitalWellbeing explores the impact of digital technology on human wellbeing and provides tips on developing healthier relationships with technology.

 

Many charities specialise in mental health and have advice and plenty of useful resources. See more here.

In addition to podcast, Ten Percent Happier is also a book and an app. They’ve also collated some practical, actionable top tips on coping during the pandemic.

Calm is an app for sleep and meditation. It offers meditation and guided sessions to relax and unwind, along with music for sleep and sleep stories.

Headspace is a meditation app, focused on being an everyday guide to mindfulness. It also has sleep music and even mindful exercise videos.

Brené Brown’s TED Talk on ‘The Power of Vulnerability’ explores the power of experiencing and expressing struggles and emotional upheaval in developing emotional resilience.

 

Ben West is a mental health activist and student at Liverpool. He raises awareness of mental health, works on de-stigmatising suicide and advocates for student mental health improvement.

An Instagram account ran by students at the University, focused on raising awareness of male mental health.

Being creative can be used as a coping mechanism to help our emotional regulation. It’s a distraction tool, a contemplation tool and a mean of self-development. More details can be found here, and a personalised ‘Feel Good Formula’ quiz. Trying new creative activities is particularly good for our emotions and wellbeing.

 

There are plenty of Art Challenges on Instagram, to get you motivated and involved in art and creativity. This article highlights some top picks, with challenges varying from fun to technical.

Bido Lito! Is a monthly magazine focused on Merseyside's creative community, and have tips on how to look after your wellbeing through creativity. Whilst under Covid restrictions, they still host weekly Zoom calls with groups of people to just discuss art, creativity and passion projects.

The Bido Lito! Arts + Culture Podcast helps students to engage with music, arts and culture activities happening online and in Liverpool.

A podcast based on Mindfulness and learning Meditation. An exploration of happiness from different angles, and how to practice traits such as keeping calm, connection and compassion to aid wellbeing.

BBC Sounds houses a free collection of music playlists, radio programmes and podcasts on life, film, art, politics.

 

This podcast celebrates the things that haven't gone right. It explores what failures can teach us about future success.

 

Fearne Cotton’s podcast explores what happiness means to her and guests and draws on her own experiences and shares advice from experts on how to work through feeling blue to finding joy.

 

This podcast explores successes and failures, and a range of guests discuss the challenges and hurdles they’ve faced, and ultimately how to cope with them.

 

In this podcast, Oprah selects interviews with influential people and wellness experts, designed to provide food for thought on success and spiritualty.

 

Traditionally, a wooden spoon is given to the person who comes last in a race. Instead of lingering on the failure of coming last, that same wooden spoon can be put to work and become something useful. This podcast is about success, but more importantly, what success really looks like after you finish school and take on the real world.

 

Liverpool Guild Student Media are recommending Holiday Ab-read: Stories for Staycations, recommending books from different continents (with student reviews) which provide escapism.

Young’s book explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognise the way it manifests in your life.

 

‘Up Lit’ is the new literary buzz word, described as a trend for books with an emphasis on empathy, books that are uplifting and life-affirming, and which explore themes of family bonds and the human spirit, examples of which can be found here.

 

The University have a wide range of wellbeing eBooks available, detailed in this rich reading list.

The Open Door Project are a charity with a modern, unique approach to support mental health issues for young people. They also have a collaboration with Bido Lito! on ‘Horizons’, a community arts project.

Reconnecting with nature can have beneficial mental health results. Here at the Guild, The Green Guild Webpages often have Green Wellbeing Talks - you can explore opportunities like growing food and beekeeping.

Physical activity is known to have beneficial effects on mental health. Liverpool Health Watch have Live Well Directory, a list of online classes and groups during the coronavirus pandemic. There’s also a list of face to face activities, which we can look forward to once Covid restrictions lift.

Blackburne House is a Liverpool-based charity that supports the development of local and often vulnerable women. They’re currently offering ‘Mindfulness for Women’ - a programme of counselling and mindfulness sessions.

Good Gym Liverpool is a local charity that combines running with community volunteering. They’re running activities like Quizzes online currently, but once they return are very inclusive of student volunteers.

Culture Liverpool list current and upcoming events in Liverpool, a great way for students to feel more engaged and connected with our surrounding city. They also have plenty of Culture at Home activities to try out!

Visit Liverpool have created ‘Visit Liverpool, Later’, a collection of cultural content to explore Liverpool from home, and includes things like playlists, quizzes, colouring pages to print and restaurant recommendations to look forward to once Covid restrictions lift! In the meantime, there’s plenty of ideas to explore Liverpool outdoors.

National Museums Liverpool have made high quality virtual tours of their museums and exhibitions. Exhibitions such as dinosaurs from the World Museum, or Challenging Histories from the International Slavery Museum.