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Join in Laughter Yoga - as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

May 15, 2018

Join in Laughter Yoga on Wednesday 16 May
Join in Laughter Yoga on Wednesday 16 May

As the government strategy proclaims, there’s “No health without mental health”.

A survey of 2000 workers, which was commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation for World Mental health Day (2017) revealed that 38% of British workers wouldn’t talk openly about a mental health problem for fear it would affect their job prospects or job security.

Prescriptions for 64.7million items of antidepressants – an all-time high – were dispensed in England in 2016. That’s 3.7million more than the 61million items dispensed during 2015. It also represents a massive 108.5% increase on the 31million antidepressants, which pharmacies dispensed in 2006

Some frightening statistics and why as a University community, we are committed to supporting Mental Health Awareness Week and raising awareness of the support we have on offer. There’s lots going on this week for students and you can see the full programme of events here. Please do let your students know what’s available.

Laughter Yoga - turn up and have fun!

A highlight during the week will be the Laughter Yoga on Wednesday 16 May 12-1pm and 1-2pm in University House, which we are opening up to staff, as well as students.

Come join us to learn about laughter therapy – the revolution that’s sweeping the world. It can improve your mood, morale, health, coping skills and general wellbeing and help make space for more laughter in your life. The session will take the form of fun exercises provided by Feel Good Communities, in collaboration with our Counselling and Wellbeing Service.

It’s an exercise regime for the mind and body – guaranteed to improve wellbeing. There’s no booking required, so just turn up and get ready for the best exercise class you’ve ever taken part in.

Laughter really is the best medicine.

For more information, contact the Wellbeing team in askUS