Research Student Wellbeing Days: 20 & 21 October

On 20th and 21st October 2016, postgraduate research students can enjoy a host of free activities, offering you a chance to relax, have fun and meet other doctoral students from around the university. Free food and drink will also be provided.

Thursday 20th October
Tutu’s Macadam Building, Strand Campus

10:00 – 11:00      Yoga
15:00 – 17:00      A range of Recreational Activities & Wellbeing Stalls/Workshops
17:00 – 19:00      Mixer with Free Food & Drink (served in The Terrace)

Numbers are limited so please make sure you sign-up via Eventbrite:

Friday 21st October
Henriette Raphael Function Room, Guy’s Campus

12:00 – 13:00      Yoga (in the KCLSU Activity Room 1 West Wing)
16:00 – 19:00      A range of Recreational Activities & Wellbeing Stalls/Workshops

Free Food and Drinks available throughout the afternoon

Numbers are limited so make sure you sign-up via Eventbrite:

These events are offered specifically for postgraduate research students and have been organised by the Graduate School, together with King’s Sport and the Wellbeing Team, as part of the wider King’s Wellbeing Week.

We believe that there are tangible benefits for all of us to adopt life choices that make us fitter, healthier, happier and better equipped to undertake our research successfully.

We look forward to seeing you there.

The Graduate School
King’s College London

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Take Time Out ‘Winter Wellbeing’ campaign

Take Time Out Winter WellbeingDuring the week commencing Monday 16th November (Monday to Friday), King’s College London will be launching it’s Take Time Out ‘Winter Wellbeing’ campaign.

As the name suggests the whole campaign is around ensuring your Winter Wellbeing, with the key messages being:

  • Reducing your risk to colds/flu
  • Staying Active
  • Eating your 5 a day
  • Overcoming Winter Blues
  • Promoting our Student Support Services available

Promotion of these messages will take place at Take Time Out locations on campus, with hub spaces featuring:

  • Give-aways including free hand gel, tissues and lip balms, designed to encourage good habits and hygiene, and keep colds and flu at bay whilst studying/researching.
  • Themed wellbeing areas that include smoothie-bikes and SAD lamps at the Guy’s and Strand campuses, reinforcing healthy eating and activity during winter months.
  • Free ‘in chair’ massage stands during the final two days of the campaign.
  • Information points with bite size printed health & wellbeing flyers and support service signposting.
  • A selection of tickets to Sommerset House ice skating sessions.
  • BeActive promotion with activities such as table tennis, Wii fit, and free trial membership passes, designed to promote activity and regular recreational social sport.
  • Redeemable coupons for free vegetable soup from King’s Food

The campaign will run concurrently at the Strand, Guy’s, Waterloo and Denmark Hill Campuses so please keep your eye out for it! While the campaign is predominantly student focussed we are more than happy for staff to come and say hello and to ensure they look after their wellbeing too!

Peer Support: Looking for New Trainees for 2015-16

King’s Counselling Service is inviting postgraduate students to apply by Friday the 30th of October to become Peer Supporters. The training will equip you with a range of transferable skills in listening, communicating and relating to others. If you are interested in applying please complete the application form, accessible via the link at the bottom of this post.

The training will focus on non-judgmental, active listening, giving you the necessary skills to help fellow students talk through their problems or concerns and explore their options. Once trained, you will join a panel of Peer Supporters within your Faculty and must commit to being available in your role for a minimum of one year.

Research shows that usually students will initially seek support for personal problems from their peers. However, while those peers often want to support their friends they can be at a loss to know how best to help, especially in a moment of crisis. People often report feeling afraid of saying or doing the ‘wrong’ thing, or of feeling burdened by the enormity of a friend’s problem or they may hold a confidence longer than is healthy or safe.

The Peer Support programme offers excellent training and continuing supervision which enhances and makes safer the existing provisions within King’s. The scheme forms a key part of the outreach and training programme within the Counselling Service and KCLSU/King’s joint Time to Change commitment.

Supporters are often the first and only stop for those seeking help and, utilising trained skills, can often help others before a problem becomes severe. Additionally, speaking to a peer may be more acceptable to some students than visiting a professional counsellor. Trained Peer Supporters can help their fellow students work through any stigma attached to mental health issues/counselling and support them during a referral process, should one be needed.

Groups of approximately 15 students train together over 25 hours, including 2 full training days and 3-4 afternoons/evenings. Training includes group work, role play, scenarios, listening based exercises, presentations on topics around mental health from anxiety and depression to myths and facts around suicide as well as appropriate referral pathways, and is interactive as much as possible. Attendance at all training sessions is a pre-requisite.

The training is run by Stevie Griffiths (Head of Counselling), Jo Levy (Deputy Head of Counselling), and Jim Spears (Psychotherapist/Specialist trainer). If you would like to become a Peer Supporter please complete the application form and email it to as soon as possible, or by Friday the 30th of October at the latest.

2015 Peer Support Application Form

Monthly meet-ups for student parents

Are you a student parent, Pregnant or have a regular responsibility for young children whilst studying?

The Student Advice Team within Student Services will be running monthly meet ups for student parents every 1st Wednesday of the Month.

These Meet Ups are a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow student parents within the college, Share Experiences, offer support and most of all we aim to give you the opportunity to relax amongst peers and make friends.

The first Meet Up will be held in the Board Room in FWB 5.148 Wednesday 7th October, Refreshments and Nibbles will be available and students are very welcome to bring children and partners should they wish.

If you have any questions regarding the Meet ups please contact Becky Robinson within the Student Advice Team


Timetable & Travel for Take Time Out Event

We’ve checked the weather and so far (fingers crossed) the forecast is looking good for Thursday’s Take Time Out Event. Over 220 research students, supervisors, postdoctoral fellows and King’s staff have already signed up via the Eventbrite page, so make sure you don’t miss out!

King’s Sport and the Graduate School have organised a summer fête-style afternoon with stalls, a BBQ, fun activities, wellness sessions and team sports. Check out the timetable below for details of what will be happening throughout the day:

Come rain or shine the event will be going ahead and there will be plenty to do inside if it does start raining during the course of the afternoon.

How to get there
Honor Oak Park Sportsground is just a short walk from Honor Oak Park Station. The station is served by trains from London Bridge and is also on the London Overground network. Plan your journey to Honor Oak Park station.

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Turn left out of the station and walk down Honor Oak Park Road. Continue over the cross roads with Stondon Park Road a short distance until you reach Brockley Rise. Turn left onto Brockley Rise and walk downhill 200m. The sports ground is located on the right-hand side past the primary school.

We look forward to seeing you all there from 2pm!