Find details below of SMART Recovery Group, BlackChat and Cutting Through the Noise.
Each group is held in the Beale Room, Aston Webb Building (opposite the Student Hub) Find it at R7 on the campus map.
SMART Recovery Group
SMART takes place every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:00PM in the Beale Room, Aston Webb.
You are very welcome to just turn up. If you would like to ask any questions about SMART Recovery, just drop us an email on email@example.com.
You can read more about SMART Recovery and what to expect at the meetings by reading the blog entry 'Getting help with addiction the SMART way'.
Time to take back control with SMART Recovery at UoB!
Struggling with addiction? To alcohol, drugs, phones, social media, porn, shopping….or anything that feels like it’s getting in the way of living your life.
SMART stands for Self Management and Recovery Training and is a group programme for anyone who is struggling with addiction. It provides science-based tools and techniques to help people in the 4 main points of SMART recovery – Building and maintaining motivation, Coping with Urges, Managing Thoughts, Feelings and behaviours and Living a Balanced Life.
You can find lots more information on SMART Recovery here: Self-Help Addiction Recovery | UK Smart Recovery
Following the success of last year’s launch, BlackChat will be returning on Tuesday 14th February 2023 and will be running for 6 weeks. BlackChat is a therapeutic talking group which allows students to engage with each other in a safe space to connect, share, and together find helpful ways to manage mental health & wellbeing whilst at university through group discussions.
The group will run each Tuesday at 2pm-3:30pm in the Beale Room starting from February 14th for students at University of Birmingham who identify as Black (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage).
The purpose: University students experience complex academic, psychological, social, emotional and financial pressures. Research shows that Black students in particular face specific additional pressures that can negatively impact mental health, overall university experience and outcomes.
What happens: BlackChat is facilitated by a Psychotherapist however it is student group. This group allows space for students to just “be”. The group works by free-flowing discussions, meaning there will be no set agenda by the facilitator. Students will be asked to “check-in” at the beginning of each group and from there the group will decide what will be explored week to week.
How to attend: Come as you are. There is no need to register, please turn up to the Beale Room (opposite the Student Hub, Aston Webb Building) Tuesdays at 2pm. This is a drop-in group so you can attend as many as you wish. Spaces for each group are limited to 12 people, students arriving after capacity has been met will be asked to return the following week.
For more information, please email Sarah-Jane Otoo at: S.Otoo@bham.ac.uk
Cutting Through the Noise
Introduction: The University of Birmingham Mental Health and Wellbeing Service is delighted to announce a six week pilot of a new programme designed specifically to address the experience of men and mental health.
In a world of conflicting narratives and concepts around masculinity and mental health, it can be hard for men to find a clear sense of position and focus. It is well documented that males experience struggle yet are under-represented in terms of how they engage with different forms of mental health support.
Aims: It is hoped that this will provide some protected time to discuss some of the key challenges facing men in the modern world- a place where anyone who identifies as male can meet with others and discuss fundamental topics such as relationships, supporting yourself, developing goals and dealing with anger.
Dates, times & venue: All sessions are 90 minutes long and will take place in the Beale Room at Aston Webb Student Hub, from 10am to 11.30am, on the following dates:
All sessions will be facilitated by Jack Carter and Jeff Wilday, with Leon Burley joining later in the programme. Each session will begin with a designated theme to stimulate discussion. No prior registration is required - just turn up at the beginning of the session. There is no requirement to participate in the all the sessions, and new participants are welcome to join after the first session.