Student mental health is really important and we believe that students should have the tools and support to feel empowered and supported throughout their studies.
The ARUmindful project aims to support student mental health by providing tools to evoke mindfulness. We hope to enable student wellbeing by creating an ARUmindful tool kit that will be placed in your SU spaces and the SU advice and counselling and wellbeing waiting rooms.
This project is part of the wider team campaign called “Break-the-Cycle”, which aims to take action to support student mental health.
What is Mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing your mind on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting your feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique .
We understand that it’s easy to lose focus on what is going on in the world around us and that it is easy to lose touch with the way our body is feeling. Which, means we end up working and studying 24/7 and may lose track of how our lifestyles impact on our emotions and importantly impact our mental health .
How does mindfulness help with mental wellbeing
Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful.
It is important for us to step back and take time out from studying and working commitments for personal self-care. By using mindfulness tools and techniques allow us to stand back from our thoughts and start to see their patterns as well as notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better .
Join your officers to discuss how you are ARUmindful. These events take place on the 15th of October in Cambridge and on 22nd October in Chelmsford. We will provide you with a safe space to discuss mental health as well as provide an opportunity for you to present feedback on "what would you like to see in an ARUmindful box".