Edge Hill University is highlighting the importance of wellbeing and good mental health by celebrating Feel Good February with a range of events designed to support resilience and re-energise students and staff. 

With many still coming to terms with the events of the pandemic, the University recognises that the health and wellbeing of every student and member of staff has never been more important. 

The University is doing all it can to help everyone look after themselves, support good mental health and wellbeing and is continuing to offer advice to those who may be experiencing difficulties due to the pandemic or because of everyday stresses and strains.  

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Steve Igoe said: “The restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic may be coming to an end but the long-term effects on our mental and physical health continue to be felt by many. Here at Edge Hill we are determined to support our students and staff and it’s important that mental wellbeing remains a prominent focus for us. Fostering an open, supportive culture where discussing mental health is encouraged is the foundation of good support. 

“Feel Good February, which is now in its fourth year, is a programme that we hope will support our community in looking after their health and wellbeing. Throughout the month the University will provide opportunities for staff and students to consider their own challenges through activities such as resilience workshops, mental health seminars and mindfulness sessions to name just a few. I do hope everyone finds these opportunities supportive and that they are able to take advantage of as many of the sessions as possible.” 

Human Resources, Student Services, and external partners have brought together a diverse programme boasting more than 30 events, resources and self-help guides all aimed at supporting wellbeing and helping everyone stay motivated.  Information on how to sign up for all the events can be found on this dedicated resource. Highlights include:  

  • Therapy Dogs – Interaction with animals has been proven to have a calming effect. Dogs will be visiting on Tuesday 1 February, 11am to 1pm in the Faculty of Health Foyer and Tuesday 22 February, 11am to 1pm in Hale Hall. 
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing Event – Come and talk to our final year nutrition students to learn a bit more about sustainable sources of protein, how to be more physically active and have a healthy alcohol intake, eat enough iron, and not eat too much saturated fat and caffeine. Takes place on Tuesday 1 February, 11am to 1pm in the Faculty of Health, social Care and Medicine foyer. 
  • Rising Stronger – Dr Andy Cope is a qualified teacher, best-selling author and happiness expert. Hear from Andy on his latest thinking in the areas of positive phycology, learned optimism and good habits. Takes place on Thursday 10 February, 12pm. Book via [email protected]
  • Mindfulness and Beyond – Emotions and how we respond to the world are the secrets to success. A thought provoking and real-world insight into biology beyond belief. Takes place on Thursday 10 February, 2pm to 5pm. Book via [email protected]
  • Caring for Carers – Looking after someone can be challenging, but you’re not on your own. Our Caring for Carers group brings people together in a friendly supportive environment to listen and to support you in finding new ways to manage.  Lunch will be available, but booking is essential. Takes place on Monday 21 February, 11am to11.45pm with lunch afterwards. Book [email protected]
  • Sleep, Energy and Behaviour Change Workshop – This session will cover all things sleep with the aim of helping everyone to get a good night’s sleep and improving energy levels. Tuesday 22 February, 9.30am to 12.30pm. (Book [email protected]
  • Talk from Angela Samata – Angela presented the BBC1 BAFTA nominated TV documentary, Life After Suicide and is a lived experience advisor and trainer. She will explore her experience of working as a script writer and in the fields of mental health and suicide prevention. Takes place on Thursday 24 February, 11am to 12pm in H203. Book [email protected]
  • Plants for life – Join green fingered colleagues for some plant therapy. Grab a free plant (while stocks last) or bring along your office or houseplants to be re-potted, plant some seeds to take away or just chat with us for free gardening advice and planting tips. Takes place Thursday 24 February, 11am to 1pm in The Hub. 

Edge Hill’s commitment to wellbeing continues 3 March when the University will mark University Mental Health Day in Hale Hall, covering everything from mental health to physical health and financial health throughout the day. 

If you’re a student and need advice and support for your wellbeing, email [email protected].  

If you’re a member of staff, the Human Resources team are available by emailing [email protected] to provide support.