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11:00 - 12:00

Monday

10 May

 Managing Our Digital Work and Digital Wellbeing

Our ways of working and living online have changed a great deal during the past year.

What kinds of habits and routines have we created in our digital lives?

In this session we’ll talk how we might balance digital productivity and wellbeing, how to cope with digital fatigue and distraction, and more.

12:00 - 13:00

Monday

10 May

Emerging Out of Lockdown – The Impact on our Wellbeing

A webinar run by Jenny Swain, CPSL Mind, to consider the emotional impact of lockdown and tips for dealing with emerging out of lockdown.

Jenny also facilitates Mental Health Champions training as part of a mental health and workplace wellbeing programme for students and staff, of which the University of Cambridge is a participant.

 

14:00 - 15:00

Monday

10 May

Well-Being and Mental Health: An Introduction to Mindfulness of Nature

Join Claire Thompson, NHS Psychological Well-Being practitioner and author of Mindfulness and the Natural World and The Art of Mindful Birdwatching to hear about her journey into mindfulness, the natural world, well-being and mental health.

The session will explore what it means to develop a mindful relationship with ourselves and the rest of the natural world and why it is vital for our well-being and that of our planet that we do so.

Claire will present some of the current evidence supporting the benefits of mindful nature connection for well-being and mental health and share practical tips on how to connect with the natural world in our daily lives.

The session will end with a Q&A.

12:00 - 13:00

Tuesday

11 May

Are the Kids Alright?: COVID-19 Impact on Children and Young People

Professor Tamsin Ford CBE, will explore the evidence impacts of the upheavals of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting restrictions on children and young people – is there a Tsunami of mental health conditions or are the kids alright?

Tamsin is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. She is an internationally renowned Child Psychiatric Epidemiologist who researches the organisation, delivery, and effectiveness of services and interventions for children and young people’s mental health.

09:00 - 10:00

Wednesday

12 May

 

Creating a Better Research Culture to Support Researchers' Mental Health

There are many aspects of the current research culture that negatively impact on the mental health of researchers. At Cambridge, we have set out our ambitions for creating a better research culture in an institutional action plan.

Liz Simmonds (Postdoc Academy) and Dr Yi Ting Chua (president of the PdOC Society) from the University's research culture working group, talk about how the plan aims to improve different aspects of research culture, and following from that help to improve researchers' mental health.

10:00 - 11:00

Wednesday

12 May



 

Gurgling in the Gallery

A free, online, interactive session for babies under 12 months and their carers.

Join us for a gentle introduction to looking at art, some relaxed and baby-friendly activities and a chance to connect with other parents. Enjoy escaping into the world of art with your baby.

For babies up to 12 months and their adults, but if you have older children at home, then they would be very welcome to join us too.

This session is all about animals. You might want to prepare some of the following for activities during the session:

Some cushions or pillows; Some interesting things to smell - citrus fruit, herbs, spices, flowers; A shallow tray (such as a roasting tin) of water. If you do not have these things, it doesn't matter - you will still be able to join in.

11:00 - 12:00

Wednesday

12 May

Wellbeing For Young People

Led by Sarah-Cate Blake, Education Officer at the Fitzwilliam Museum, this session will include ideas and resources for those working with or caring for young people.

A set of ideas and techniques for Young People to put into practice and facilitate their own self-regulated wellbeing resilience. Some of these are creative and practical activities, others are from trauma informed yoga and mindfulness.

13:05 - 14:00

Wednesday

12 May

Yoga Live

Join us for a Live streamed Yoga session ideal for beginners.

11:30 - 12:00

Thursday

13 May

The Art of 'Skying'

Float into the clouds for this relaxing session discovering the world of the artist John Constable.

Join one of the educators from the Fitzwilliam Museum as they guide you first through a slow looking activity, before four short drawing exercises to try your own 'skying' at home.

13:30 - 14:30

Thursday

13 May

Mentoring to Support Mental Health

A mentoring relationship could help you to progress in your professional life/career and build your networks. It can also support your mental health by increasing confidence and reducing anxiety. 

 

If you are interested in hearing about mentoring and its effects on mental health, join the ourcambridge Self-Match Mentoring Scheme' team for an informal session and discussion.

 

“(Mentoring) supported my mental health through a period of work-related anxiety/stress”.

14:00 - 15:00

Thursday

13 May

 

Transport: A Partnership Approach

As part of the University's Let's Talk Transport campaign, this event will focus on the barriers to sustainable travel at a regional level and how we are working together to overcome them. The discussion will cover topics such as planning and design of new developments, new infrastructure and space priority, technology and innovation as well as who we partner with to achieve positive change.

We will be joined by representatives from the University Estate Strategy and Planning team; Greater Cambridge Partnership; Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority; Cambridge Ahead and Cambridgeshire County Council.

The event is open to: University staff and students, College staff, Cambridge University Press staff and Cambridge Assessment Staff

If you don't fall within the groups listed above but are interested in attending then please contact travel@admin.cam.ac.uk

The event will take place on MS Teams and a joining link will be sent to attendees nearer the time.

10:00 - 11:00

Friday

14 May

Mindful Nature and Nurture - A Mindfulness workshop with Esther Hunt

Esther (Faculty of Education) will be offering a range of mindful practices and will draw upon the work of Professor Mark Williams, Dr Patrizia Collard, and Dr Sue Stuart-Smith (The Well Gardened Mind).

10:00 - 11:00

Friday

14 May

Reconnecting: Supporting Children In Their Journey Out Of Lockdown   

In the role of parents and carers, we may be concerned about how those around us are coping in these challenging times, especially our children as we start to come out of lockdown.

In this panel session Fiona Peacock, Faculty of Education, and Dr James Biddulph, Headteacher of the University Primary School, will discuss the main issues our children face as they return to school and lockdown rules gradually relax.

Participants will discover how to contextualise the difference between an appropriate anxiety or stress reaction to what is going on in the world, how attachment theory and positive relationships between people support resilience, and how parents could support their children in their journey out of lockdown.

12:00 - 13:00

Friday

14 May

Psychosis - Making and Inhabiting a Different Reality

Delivered by Professor Paul Fletcher, Department of Psychiatry, Paul aims to remove stigma and reduce suffering by demystifying psychosis.

13:00 - 14:00

Friday

14 May

Mindfulness and Relaxation

An hour-long session in which Kate from the Staff Counselling Centre guide you through gentle breathing and mindfulness exercises to help you relax and self-soothe.

13:15 - 13:30

Daily

Lunchtime Meditation

Join Dr Elizabeth English, the University's Wellbeing Practitioner, for a lunchtime meditation. The University Mindfulness team welcomes all users with a Raven account even if you have never tried meditation before. 

Members of the University who do not have a Raven login can book their place via email to the EDI team on equality@admin.cam.ac.uk