A great time was had by all recently at our two winter wellbeing crafternoon events. Of particular note was the creativity unleashed on our gingerbread figures, resulting in oompa loompas, a gingerbread Santa and some particularly snazzy outfits involving brightly-coloured sprinkles! However, underlying the festive snacks, biscuit decorating and general merriment was a serious message. The purpose of the event was to fund-raise and raise awareness of the mental health charity Mind.
Some of our wonderful creations at our Mind crafternoon event!
Since 1946, Mind, originally the National Association for Mental Health, has been working to provide empowering advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem and to nurture a culture of support and respect. We loved the idea of a crafternoon for all that it represented; a chance to take a break from study, come together to strengthen existing connections and make new ones and open up dialogues around mental health, not to mention having fun!
Mind, and indeed KCL, recognise that for a variety of reasons, the holiday season can be a time of year that provokes strong emotions and may prove a source of additional stress and strain. For this reason, it’s important that we take care of ourselves, are kind to ourselves and each other and know where to turn for support with our wellbeing. Whatever we’re going through, there is help at hand if we know where to look.
With this in mind, we’ve collated some helpful resources on self-care over the winter and sources of wellbeing and mental health-related support.
- Winter Wellbeing Guide: Includes fun hints and tips on how to keep each one of the King’s Ways to Wellbeing in check over winter and some organisations to contact if we need help and support over the holiday period.
- Christmas in London: a summary of what is going on in London, alternative options for Christmas Day and King’s student services over the winter break.
- KCL Global Lounge: A space at the Waterloo Campus open during the holiday period for KCL students staying in London to come together. The space will be staffed by student ambassadors and there will be games, light refreshments and films.
- Global Lounge Facebook Group
- Stand Alone Festive Guide, for people experiencing familial estrangement.
- Kyle’s Blog for Mind on coping with depression and anxiety at Christmas.
- Mind Infoline: Want to talk about mental health? Mind’s Infoline is there for you.
- Samaritans provides emotional support 24/7 every day of the year over the phone and is open for face-to-face visits at its central London office throughout the festive season.
- Sources of assistance or immediate support in the local community
However you’re spending the holidays, King’s Wellbeing wishes you the very best and will be here for you again with more wellbeing-related events and activities in the New Year.