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News, groups and workshops

Our groups and workshops are currently being reviewed. If you have any ideas or suggested for groups or workshops that you would like to see being run, please email wellbeing@essex.ac.uk.

Online mental health support service

Chat with Charlie offers online mental health support three evenings a week between 6pm – 10pm. You can get support with exam stress, relationships, low mood, anxiety or anything else which may be troubling you.

Log on just to chat or find out how to get additional support. For more information, contact wellbeing@essex.ac.uk.

Workshops and groups

  • Mindfulness at lunchtime

    Come along to our mindfulness sessions led by Dr Caroline Barratt, Lecturer in Health and Social Care and trained mindfulness teacher. Sessions are free of charge and you don't have to book - just turn up. You might like to bring a blanket or cushion to make yourself comfortable.

    For more information, email Caroline barrattc@essex.ac.uk.

    Location and times

    • Date: From 16 January the sessions will run weekly until 20 March (except for 20 February).
    • Time: arrive at 1pm prompt for a 1.10pm start. The session will be finished by 1.45pm.
    • Room: NTC.2.05.

    Further help and support

    If you are suffering with acute mental illness, anxiety, or have experienced recent trauma, it may not be the best time to try mindfulness practice for the first time. Do get in touch if you have questions or concerns.

  • Dealing with worry workshop

    This is a guided self-help workshop run by Health in Mind which will help you to recognise symptoms of anxiety and worry, and learn practical tools and techniques to improve symptoms and manage your worries. This is a workshop for up to 14 people with similar issues, led by 2 facilitators.

    Location and times

    • Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    • Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
    • Start date: held every Wednesday for 4 weeks, starting June 2019

    Sign up

    If you are already using Health In Mind, discuss it with your therapist.

    Refer to Health in Mind stating an interest in the Workshops at Essex by calling 0300 330 5455 or visit the Health in Mind website. You can also refer via your GP, Occupational Health or Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS).

    Benefits of attending

    • Learn effective skills in a supportive environment.
    • Support to make changes.
    • Feedback from past workshops tells us that people found it be helpful to meet others with similar difficulties and to know that they aren't alone.
    • There is no expectation to share personal information within the workshops.

  • Doing more workshop - improving the way you feel

    This is a guided self-help workshop run by Health in Mind which uses the principles of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you to recognise symptoms of low mood and learn practical tools and techniques to improve the way you feel.

    Location and times

    • Location: University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    • Time: 2.30pm - 4.30pm
    • Start date: held every Wednesday for 4 weeks, starting May 2019

    Sign up

    If you are already using Health In Mind, discuss it with your therapist.

    Refer to Health in Mind stating an interest in the Workshops at Essex by calling 0300 330 5455 or visit the Health in Mind website. You can also refer via your GP, Occupational Health or Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service (SWIS).

    Benefits of attending

    • Learn effective skills in a supportive environment.
    • Support to make changes.
    • Feedback from past workshops tells us that people found it be helpful to meet others with similar difficulties and to know that they aren't alone.
    • There is no expectation to share personal information within the workshops.

  • Thrive sessions - improve your physical and mental wellbeing, reducing stress

    Spring Timetable: Monday 28 January - Friday 22 March 2019

    Don’t just survive, thrive. Thrive sessions aim to support physical and mental wellbeing, and reduce stress levels. Thrive sessions last 30 minutes and are FREE to students. Turn up on the day, or reserve yourself a space by emailing thrive@essex.ac.uk.

    No experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. We recommend you bring a drink and wear comfortable clothes and trainers.

    Thrive: Fitness

    Energise and let off some steam in these pad and glove based sessions. Fun, energetic and suitable for all levels.

    When and where

    Thrive: Flow

    A chance to stretch and unwind. Gentle flowing sequences to relax the body and mind, helping to release tension and promote a sense of calm.

    Where and when

    Thrive: Focus

    Relax the body and mind in these 30 minute seated meditations.

    Where and when

    • Wednesdays: 1.15pm - 1.45pm, room 5A.108
    • Thursdays: 2.15pm - 2.45pm, room NTC.3.03