First observed in 1992, the globally recognised Mental Health Day looks at mental health education and awareness, as well as advocacy against the social stigma that can come along with mental health issues.
To mark the day, we hosted ‘Adapting to Change’ at the Edinburgh and Galashiels campuses on Wednesday and Thursday – an event centred around the 8 Pillars of Wellness (Social, Environmental, Spiritual, Financial, Physical, Emotional, Intellectual/Academic, Occupational) and designed to provide you with the tools and resources to adapt to all kinds of changes.
The day also saw us embark on our usual ‘Walk with Your VPW’. This time we used our walk to show that we are united against suicide and fundraised for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. Don’t worry if you missed it! You can still do your own walk and join our Heriot-Watt fundraising team here.
Wednesday’s programme began with an insightful talk delivered by Dr. Anna Sedda, from the School of Social Sciences, on Academic Wellness, which you can watch here.
This was followed by a series of talks and workshops throughout the day that touched on each of the 8 Pillars. The day rounded off with an engaging panel hosted by Eco Society, Ocean Conservation Society, and Net Zero Society on Environmental Wellness, a litter pick at the Park & Ride, and a free Yoga Session with Eniko!
On Thursday, students at Galashiels had the pleasure of meeting fashion designer Sophie Rodgers! Amongst chatting to students in their sewing workshop, Sophie was interviewed by Scottish Borders Campus Intern, Roksana, click here for a tell-all about surviving and thriving in the fashion industry.