2 February - Time to Talk Day
Talking about mental health doesn’t have to be scary, awkward or complicated.
You don’t have to be a specialist or an expert, it can be as simple as asking someone how they are and actively listening to what’s going on for them.
Maybe you need to talk?
Time to Talk Day is a chance to have a chat and seek the support you need. Even if you don’t know what to say, try starting with “I need to talk” or by sharing how you have been feeling. That can be enough to start a conversation.
Time to Talk Day encourages us all to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen and to really be there for each other. However you do it, start a conversation about mental health on Time to Talk Day!
- How to get involved
Join us at our pop-up events!
Come along to show your support and get involved in our conversation starters and activities.
You can also find out more about the work of SAMH and the support available.
Where to find us:
2 February, 11:30am - 1pm: Sir Duncan Rice Library (Old Aberdeen campus)
3 February 11:30am - 1pm: Suttie Centre (Foresterhill campus)
- Good resources for starting conversations
Visit the Time to Talk website for great conversation starters and other activities to help you show your support and get involved.
Download the SeeMe interactive bingo
Download the SeeMe true or false myth busting cards
Below is a list of activities and initiatives that the Wellbeing Team will be focusing on every month that you can take part in.
- Self-care campaign featuring UoA Pets
Self-care tips from UoA Pampered Pets
Did you know parrots need 10-12 hours of sleep per night? And that humans should drink 2 litres of water per day?
Our UoA Pampered pets share their best self-care tips!
- Mental Health Awareness Week
We all have mental health
You are never alone; mental health affects us all differently and does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, or role at the University. Our mental health video montage shows what mental health means to different people in our staff and student community.
- National Walking Month
For #NationalWalkingMonth in May 2022 it was all about teamwork! We challenged UoA teams to complete our selfie Bingo Card by visiting 10 locations and taking 10 selfies (individually or as a team).
Our wonderful entries can be viewed by clicking the link below.
- National Bed Month
A good night’s sleep helps to us to perform at our best mentally, physically and academically. Our sleepy pets video shares some sleep hygiene tips to help you get a good night's sleep.
- Wellbeing Top Tips
It would be great if you could take a few moments to share some practical advice and tips on maintaining your wellbeing. Whether it’s a life hack, your experience of using support services or your positive wellbeing tip of the day we would love to hear your story. Please click here to share and help us to continue to support the University community.
- Language Groups
Conversational language groups have moved online! Please join. We meet regularly to practice conversing in different languages.
The main groups we have at the moment are Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish. However if there is enough interest in practicing other languages, then new groups could be formed. To join an existing group please contact one of the hosts below. To start a new language group please fill in this online form.
- For Arabic, please contact Sue Bradley
- For French, please contact Elaine Fitzgerald
- For German, please contact Gary Cooper or Julia Leng
- For Italian, please contact Iain Duff
- For Spanish, please contact Chloe Bruce
All levels are welcome- you can join in the conversation as much as you feel comfortable with.
Hope to see some new people soon.
- UoA Collections Big Draw
UoA Collections Big Draw Activity Page
As part of the international Big Draw festival this year, we’ve created an online activity page inspired by the University of Aberdeen Collections. Dip in and Draw!
Drawing from the Collections
Visit our webpage and take a 15 minute time out to draw along with one of our curators. This is not about creating a masterpiece. It's about enjoying time out with paper and pencil. We've chosen a jade water buffalo, a hawk from the Aberdeen Bestiary illuminated manuscript, a woven ball and a plant illustration for you to doodle.
Drawing Without Seeing
Have a go at our "Drawing Without Seeing" challenges where we describe a mystery object and invite you to draw what you think it might look like. How close can you get?
We hope you will enjoy this resource and draw inspiration from our collections.