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This week (9-15 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week. Keep reading for more information on what's happening at ICH and beyond. 
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ICH launches the UCL Hour
Since online meetings became common, most of us have experienced back-to-back scheduling that hasn’t given us a chance to get a drink or stretch our legs in between meetings. To mitigate this, and reduce the time we all spend in meetings a little, UCL is pushing the “UCL Hour” concept as part of its “Making meetings matter” initiative, which recommends dropping five minutes from the beginning and end of regularly scheduled meeting slots of an hour or more. With the support of the IMT, we now want to drive take-up of this approach across the institute, so please consider reducing your hour-long meetings to 50 minutes. The EDI committee will lead by example, reducing its future meetings by 10 minutes in length as of now, as will other central institute committees.
ICH Craft Club relaunches

ICH Craft Club relaunches from this Wednesday at 4:30pm. Come along to the ICH Balcony, learn a new skill and practice mindfulness in a creative way.

The Craft Club will be offering classes as well as drop-in sessions, led by different people. Save the following dates in your diary:
  • Crochet a mobile with Serife, every Wednesday w/c 9th May – w/c 30th May
  • Knitting with Anne, w/c 6th June
Future sessions will focus on embroidery, paper crafts and drawing.

What's on at ICH

Men Who Talk Workshop
Wednesday 11th May, 12pm-1pm, Levinsky Room

This interactive workshop will focus on themes such as toxic masculinity, what it means to be a man, engaging men in services and finally, more generally on loneliness and mental health, which is the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

Sign up on Eventbrite
ICH Craft Club
Wednesday 11th May, 4:30pm, ICH Balcony

Craft Club is a great way to practice mindfulness and meet new people.

Come along to the ICH Balcony this Wednesday to learn how to crochet a mobile with Serife. All required materials will be provided but feel free to bring anything you wish to use.
Reclaim your Lunch Hour
Thursday 12th May, 1pm-2pm, Queen Square Gardens

Reconnect with your colleagues and join us for a Picnic in the Park. Meet at the ICH Balcony and walk over to the beautiful Queen Square Gardens.
Mindful Movement with Marta
Thursday 12th May, 12pm - 1pm, Levinsky Room
Marta is a British Council of Yoga Therapy certified Yoga Therapist and a scientist working in paediatric clinical research at the Institute of Child Health and GOSH. She is passionate about bringing her two passions for science and yoga together by integrating yoga into the healthcare system. She has been living yoga as a wonderful inward journey, appreciating its positive impact in finding inner harmony and shaping both body and mind. She also teaches Yoga and Meditation.

This session is open to all levels, beginners and advanced. All equipment will be provided. Please wear comfortable clothing.

Other Events

Wellbeing Walks

Take part in a guided one hour circular walk in Bloomsbury. Various dates are available. See link below for more details.

Wellbeing walks
Care First webinars

Kindness and your mental health

Tuesday 10th May, 12pm - 12:30pm
A webinar reflecting on acts of kindness and how making positive changes can
improve mental health and overall wellbeing.
Join online

How Care First can support you
Wednesday 11th May, 12pm - 12:30pm
A webinar for awareness and how to access the EAP service provided by Care First.
Join online

Mental Health Awareness
Thursday 12th May, 12pm - 12:30pm
Awareness and information on mental health, how to recognise and support those
experiencing mental illness and changes to their mental health.
Join online

Friday 13th May, 12pm - 12:30pm
This webinar provides ways and ideas for mindfulness-based approaches
which can significantly reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Join online
Sleep Strategies
Wednesday 18th May, 10am - 11am
This session will provide practical techniques and strategies to help optimise sleep patterns.

Register online
Project Active

Project Active offers weekly, low cost fitness classes for all staff and students at UCL. 

See link below for more details.

Project Active

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Vex King - Good Vibes, Good Life
Johann Hari - Lost Connections
Dr Julie Smith - Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before?

Johann Hari - This could be why you're depressed or anxious

Adrienne Herbert - Power Hour
Dr Rangan Chaterjee - Feel Better, Live More.
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