Loads of sport clubs, societies and activity groups are doing amazing things to improve the wellbeing of our community. We want to share and celebrate these together!
If you’re a part of an activity group, society or sports club and want to spread the word about all the fantastic things you do to promote wellbeing, put yourself In the Spotlight with a Wellbeing Edition!
We’d love to promote your group on our website and Facebook and Twitter. All you need to do is take a few minutes to answer our Spotlight Interview questions. Email your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a photo of your group in action and we’ll do the rest.
We can’t wait to hear from you!
Take a look at some of our In the Spotlight: Wellbeing Edition interviews here:
HIGHER | Expression Event (31 March)
- This event gave a space for students to express any sort of illness in a positive, supportive environment.
- Groups involved: Dance, Rap, Poetry, RISE, ThinkMentala, IBD, Men’s Health
- Comments from lead RISE student: ’We believe that the HIGHER event was a success. Of course, there were difficulties: delays, organisational mismanagement on my part, and marketing hiccups. However, it was the emotional reaction to the artists and their pieces that was encouraging, in addition to the artists’ mentioning of relief to me. Ultimately, what we were able to provide is a foundation to express our pains, worries, and tribulations in a public space. It is important for these thoughts to be available publicly. To the ill, no longer is there a sense of loneliness, but a sense of belonging and community; an understanding community because they themselves have suffered something. I am still receiving emails/messages regarding the importance of such an event. And thanks to KCLSU Wellbeing and their guidance (Julia Haas), we were able to produce something that was not only integral to King’s for this year, but will hopefully become an annual event. We believe this is a necessity. We are here to form a strong community, where no one is left alone.’
King’s Communi-TEA | Pay it Forward Event (4 April)
- This event partnered two student groups with The Shed so that the King’s community could buy a stranger/friend a hot beverage and pay the positivity forward.
- Groups involved: Islamic Society ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) & RAG (Raising and Giving)
- Comments from ARK organiser: ‘ARK Commented ’With deadlines and exams always around the corner, it’s easy for students to forget to take care of themselves and each other. The RAG/ARK collaboration of Communi-tea gave everyone a chance to share some positivity and do a selfless act for another student, and by doing so build neighbourly bonds with each other. The best acts of kindness are the ones that are small but frequent!’
India Society Wellbeing Week
KCL India Society in partnership with the King’s Wellbeing Team presented their 2017 Wellbeing Week from 6-10 February.
Here’s what they had to say about their event: ‘As students we often disregard the importance in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; we are here to help bring you on the right track! In partnership with 10+ other KCLSU societies and sport clubs, we put on a packed week of exciting events, FREE taster sessions, FREE health checks & FREE SMOOTHIES! Each participating society hosted their own event to support King’s students in leading a healthier lifestyle. Whether it’s learning something new or gaining a new hobby, this week looked to inform, educate and get students more involved! Here’s a full list of events that took place across the week: Wellbeing Fair in partnership with UN World Food, Bollywood, Sexpresion, Kabaddi, Marrow, LGBT+, Fencing, ThinkMental, Falun Dafa and King’s Wellbeing; a Guided Relaxation sesssion with King’s Wellbeing; a Zumba class with Dance; a marrow recruitment event with KCL Marrow; Tea & Talk with ThinkMental; Fencing Taster with Fencing; Inter-University Kabaddi match with KCL Kabaddi; dance class with Bollywood and a Fitness Circuit with Fitness Feat.
University Mental Health Day 2017
This year’s University Mental Health Day (UMHD) took place on 2nd March with an ‘Active Mental Health’ theme to focus on using exercise as a means of coping with mental health issues and promoting good mental health. King’s Wellbeing, King’s Sport, Be Active, KCLSU, King’s Move, King’s Food and KCLSU Societies and Sports Clubs all got together to shout loud about mental health and host free activities. Even Principal Ed Byrne got involved with a video!
Some highlights of the day were ThinkMental’s Tea & Talk, Fitness Feat’s outdoor circuits and the #moveit4mentalhealth whiteboard campaign by the Positive Peers and ThinkMental. Bhangra, Dance, Fencing and Bollywood all also held sessions to celebrate UMHD making the day a huge collaborative effort to open up conversations, encourage students to build supportive social networks through activity and inspire students to use being active as way to support their mental and physical health.
To see what the week looked like, check out the Storify here!