Information for Students staying in Leeds over Christmas and New Year

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Leeds University Union Wellbeing Update

Hi there,

Here at Help & Support, we are still here for students who may still be in Leeds or have travelled home for the holidays. Our foyer will continued to be used as part of the asymptomatic testing site for students to be tested for covid-19 until December 15th. Our frontline team have temporarily moved to the Riley Smith theatre whilst our Advice team will continue to work online. Study space will also be available within LUU for students in Pyramid, Union square and Common Ground. All the information on the testing arrangements can be found here and updates on our building will be posted on our website.

I’d also like to spotlight some events and campaigns coming up:

LUU Gingerbread decorating: 17th December at 2pm and 21st December at 5pm

Get in the festive mood at our Christmas gingerbread decorating session. Pick up a free gingerbread decorating kit from the LUU Helpdesk, and join in one of our online sessions to craft and chat with others. Make sure to get your ticket online and find out more here.

LUU Christmas Card Making: December 16th at 5pm

Pick up a free Christmas Card Making Kit from the LUU Helpdesk and join in one of our online sessions to craft and chat with others. More details can be found here.

Mindwell’s Winter Wellbeing campaign

Mindwell are launching a new campaign which will be sharing self-care tips on social media as well as highlighting ways we can cope better with the pressures of Christmas which is likely to be quite different this year. The MindWell team will also be sharing information about Festive community events including virtual gatherings and activities on Christmas day and other faith festivals for people who are isolated or want to come together to celebrate. Also information on opening times for key mental health and crisis services over the Christmas holidays. Follow the campaign on Twitter @MindWellLeeds and find more tips and information at Keep checking back to this web page for the latest information.

The NHS Five Ways to Wellbeing:

1.     Connect to others

–     Join the Facebook community group

–     University tips on how to connect during lockdown

–     Leeds Bereavement Network might be a useful resource for those dealing with loss

–     The Suicide Prevention Network aims to support those at risk of suicide

–     Coping with Coronavirus features lots of self-help guides on topics such as anxiety, bereavement and setting your kind goals for yourself

–     Student Space is a fantastic platform for numerous wellbeing resources

–     Leeds Mind have launched a peer support group for young black men in Leeds

2.     Stay active

–        The Edge are posting new home workout blogs and videos every week

–        Find lots of free exercise routines on the NHS website

–        Sport England have some great advice, tips and guidance on staying active in and around the ­house

–        Get in touch with our wonderful meditation teacher James if you’d like to take part in his meditation classes online

–        Also, our brilliant Qigong teacher Xiao will be running online classes so feel free to get in touch directly to sign up

3.     Learn something new

–      Try the Thriving During Isolation quiz to get an idea of how best you can ensure your wellbeing during lockdown

–      Interested in learning some coaching skills? Try the 10 Days to Happiness course by Action for Happiness

–      Sign up to the Creative Quarantine newsletter for some daily inspiration

–      British Sign have a pay-as-you-feel course designed to teach British Sign Language

–      MyTutor has made a guide to help young people and their parents cope with issues arising from lockdown

4.     Give to others

–     You may want to check out the different volunteering opportunities with the NHS

–     Woodhouse Mutual Aid are collecting food for Rainbow Junktion. Find updates and collection points via their Twitter

–     Contact We Care Leeds to find out more about how you might be able to help locally

5.     Helpful Mindfulness resources

–     Headspace

–     CALM app

–     Mind

–     Wellbeing and Mental Health during Covid-19 booklet

–     Mindwell have support dedicated to helping students during Covid-19

Black Lives Matter and Anti-racism resources:

·       Official Black Lives Matter Network

·       Touchstone

·       The Racial Justice Network

·       The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network (BAATN)

Useful links:

·       Contact our LUU Advice team

·       Advice FAQs and online knowledge bank

·       University FAQs

·       University counselling service

·       Government guidelines

·       LUU support during Covid-19