Get moving for Mental Health Awareness Week 2024!

We know how important it is to look after yourself, especially during your time at University, which is why we’re proud to be teaming up with The Mental Health Foundation to celebrate this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week with a range of free activities for students to enjoy. 

One of the most important things you can do for your mind and body is regular movement.


We know that life can feel hectic, especially when you’re juggling assessments and exams. It might feel tricky finding time to get moving but finding moments for movement might be easier than you think!  

Whether that’s getting your steps in during your lunch break, a quick session at Sport, or having a spontaneous dance party in your living room, every bit helps! Learn more about how staying fit and focused during your studies is important from Peter, Senior Gym Instructor at UoB Sport & Fitness   

Get moving 

Everyone can get the mental health benefits of moving more, it’s all about finding what works for you.  

You can join UoB Sports & Fitness for some key de-stressing activities and sessions to help you wind down. They’re hosting a range of free classes, meditation, water confidence and social sports sessions for you to attend to help you de-stress and get moving! For a full list of events, visit their Destresstival page.  

There are also lots of other fun free events happening during the week for you to get involved in.   

Wednesday 15 May 2024 

  • Join our Self Defence Class from 6.00pm until 7.00pm in the Dance Studio at the Guild: Come along to learn some self-defence moves with your Community Wardens, suitable for all abilities. Grab some free safety equipment at the end, too! Please note that this class is for female and non-binary students only.  

Thursday 16 May 

  • Don’t forget, it’s also National Walking Month throughout May. From Quaker connections and early UoB history to the story of Ida B Wells who campaigned against slavery and racism in the 1800s, join us on a free expert-guided walk for National Walking Month on Thursday 16 May from 5.00pm until 6.45pm. 

Friday 17 May 

  • Join your Community Wardens for a free yoga class at Sense Touchbase Pears from 12.20pm until 1.00pm. These sessions are suitable for all abilities and all equipment is provided. Just bring yourself! 

We’re here for you 

Remember, whatever you’re going through, we’re here to listen. If it’s time to talk, you can reach out to one of our many services available, including our 24/7 confidential support line UBHeard, or talk to one of your College’s trained and friendly Wellbeing Officer(s).  

You can also drop in to use Guild Advice, a free, impartial and confidential advice service for students. You don't need an appointment; just report to Guild Reception every Tuesday from 12.00pm until 2.00pm.  

The Guild will also be running free breakfast sessions for students during the week. Check them out: 

  • MDS Breakfast from 8.30—9.30am in Wolfson Common Room, Medical School: Medical and Dental students at UoB, come along and get yourself a filling breakfast to kickstart your day off right. No need to book your place, just turn up! 

  • Community Breakfast from 8.00am until 10.00am at the Mermaid Bar (Guild): Every Wednesday, you can come along to get yourself a filling breakfast to start your day off right. You can also receive free support and advice from a Guild Advisor. Just show up! 

For a full list of support available, visit our Time to Talk? intranet page.  


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