Sustainability Week – saving the pennies and the planet

This week is Sustainability Week at KCL and there are a whole host of activities designed to help us embed sustainability into our everyday lives; good for our financial well-being and helps to feel that we are giving something back, which in turn boosts our mood.  With that in mind, Student Money Mentor Claire is back again with some tips for saving the pennies whilst saving the planet! 

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It’s not that easy being green, living every day the colour of the trees…. And the colour of a £5 note.

Sustainability and saving money go hand in hand, so in partnership with King’s Sustainability, here are some tips to help you and the environment.

 1Food

We all love it, but in the UK we throw away around 10 million tonnes of food every year. More than 50% of this comes from our homes but the solution to this problem is literally at our fingertips. Firstly, we can do simple things like not cooking excessive amounts of food in one go so we don’t have to throw it away in the evening. Or keeping those leftovers in a Tupperware box and bringing it into uni the next day – not only reducing waste, but also saving you from spending a fiver on your meal at lunchtime.  The SU spaces on campus have microwaves to heat your food up.

Website like https://www.lovefoodhatewaste.com/ are filled with ideas of what to do with left over bits and bobs in your fridge. Sometimes, though, freezing fresh veg or bread and saving it for a rainy day is the quickest and simplest option. Although don’t freeze and then defrost carrots – been there, done that…. It doesn’t end well…

2. Olio

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This is an app I have recently discovered and have fallen in love with. It also revolves around reducing waste and connect people in the local community. You set your location and it scans the nearby area for other Olio users. Users can post food and non-food items they want to get rid off, and if it tickles your fancy, you can arrange to pick it up. Similarly, if you have any unwanted goods, you can give them to someone who needs it rather than throwing it away – one man’s junk is another man’s gold.

 

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 3. Upcycling

This is a nifty way to cut down on how much you throw away and save some money. If you are creative too and want to so some DIY, then this ticks all the boxes as you basically take something you are about to throw away and turn it into something else. There are useful websites online like http://www.upcyclethat.com/ or https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/upcycling/ to inspire you.

 If you want some more information about sustainable living and saving money, check out King’s sustainability week- you’ve still got a day and half before it ends tomorrow. There are lots of activities and talks, and even a Swap Shop where you can donate your unloved good and pick up something else in exchange. I hope to see you there!

Stomping the stigma and taking positive steps

What a great time we had interacting with students today for Time to Talk 2017!  Across the University, students and staff came together to ‘stomp the stigma’ by placing a footprint in paint over negative, damaging or thoughtless words around mental health problems and replacing them with words of compassion, understanding and empowerment in our shoe collage.  Throughout the day, we had open, honest and frank discussions about the impact of these words, how to support ourselves and each other in times of mental ill health and how to practise self-care to safeguard our physical and mental well-being.

We’ve collected some of our favourite photos from the day below, with even more photos and videos on our @kingswellbeing twitter feed and our King’s Wellbeing Facebook page.

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Replacing stigmatising language with messages of support and empathy

 

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Time to Talk Day 2017 – Stomp The Stigma!

Tomorrow Thursday the 2nd of February is national Time to Talk Day and we’re inviting you to get involved!

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Even though one in four of us will experience a mental health problem every year, so many will experience feelings of isolation, misunderstanding and stigma.  Sometimes, it can be difficult to talk about mental health, especially our own, or to know how to reach out to a friend in need.  That’s why mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have come together to run the Time To Change campaign, a movement of ordinary people from all walks of life committed to opening up about mental health; talking, listening and changing attitudes.

At times, the language we hear around mental health in society is negative, judgemental and inconsiderate, when we should be cultivating an atmosphere of respect, support and empathy. King’s formally committed to supporting open discussion and awareness on campus around mental health in 2014 by signing the Time to Change pledge and what better opportunity to do this than Time to Talk 2017!WP_20160204_12_09_16_Pro

Time To Talk 2016: King’s Wellbeing was joined by the KCL peer supporters and Shannon, University Coordinator for Samaritans

You may remember us popping up in your canteens at Time to Talk last year to host a tea and chat session complete with free hot drinks and biscuits.

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This year, we won’t spoil the surprise, but the Wellbeing Team has some fun and creative activities planned to help us to ‘stomp the stigma’! Our absolute favourite thing at King’s Wellbeing is interacting with KCL students, who are insightful, passionate and drivers of positive change.  So come and join us to stomp on that stigma and help replace negativity and intolerance around mental health problems with support and empathy.

 

You’ll find us stomping the stigma at:

Macadam Lobby, KCLSU, Strand campus 11-2

Revelstoke Room, Henriette Raphael, Guy’s 11-2

1st floor reception area, Waterloo 11-2

 If you would like to talk about something that’s on your mind, or are looking for support with your mental health, don’t forget the following services on campus and off:

Counselling Service

Mental Health Advisors

Peer Supporters

Chaplaincy

Nightline

Samaritans helpline is also open 24 hours a day for emotional support and you can visit their building in Marshall Street every day between 9.00am and 9.00pm, no appointment necessary