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During the week, we will be sharing personal stories of living with Diabetes and sharing some of the fantastic research conducted by our very own staff at the University of Aberdeen.
University geophysicist David Cornwell talks about how the pandemic and change in the working environment has affected him and the management of his condition.
Aberdeen graduate and former regius professor JJR Macleod guided a team in the discovery of life-saving insulin. But as the world marks the centenary of the breakthrough, which transformed Type 1 diabetes from a death sentence to a manageable condition, his name is frequently omitted from celebrations. We explore how JJR Macleod became the forgotten man of insulin discovery and examine the efforts to restore his place in history 100 years on.
Just months after graduating from the University in 1922, RD Lawrence was facing a short and certain death sentence. But a breakthrough in the treatment of diabetes – the discovery of insulin pioneered by the team of another Aberdeen graduate – saved his life at the very last minute. We look at the extraordinary story of Lawrence and how the impact of what he ‘gave back’ to the diabetes community can still be felt today.
Talking about Men’s Mental Health and encouraging others to have conversations can help reduce the stigma around mental health. Some of our staff and students have shared their thoughts in this short video.
Talking about mental health is not always easy, but there is support available if you need it.
With restrictions beginning to ease and the temperature increasing, we would like to invite you to #WalkThisMay and consider an outdoor study break or a walking or outdoor catch-up with friends.
Keep an eye out on Instagram this month for #UoATripAroundTheWorld and help us celebrate National Walking Month by sharing pictures of 'your' local beauty spots.
Spending time in nature can help to improve your mood and feel more positive. Take a moment to stop and connect with your environment; Listen to the birds, smell the flowers, watch the sunrise, feel the sand between your toes. Pledge to spend 5 minutes in nature every day this Mental Health Awareness Week and take notice of your surroundings. You might be surprised by what you find.
To find out why the Mental Health Foundation has chosen nature for this years theme click here.
Stress affects everyone differently. Some people thrive under pressure, and for others stress can feel totally overwhelming.
Finding healthy ways to cope can improve how we feel and how we react to stressful situations.
Keep an eye on our Facebook and Instagram pages during April for top tips and resources to help manage stress and support your wellbeing.
Sleep affects everybody in different ways and getting a good night’s sleep will increase your mood, concentration, and motivation!
Whether you find it easy to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night or you struggle to sleep through the night this National Bed Month is full of sleeping tips and resources to help you get a better night’s sleep.
Here are some simple tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
In Summer: Fix blackout/blinds curtains and turn your bedroom into a sleep-inducing environment.
In Winter: If you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), try using a SAD lamp after seeing your GP. This may help you feel more awake during the day.
Whether you are struggling financially or just looking for ways to manage your money better, this money matters week is full of top tips and resources to help support you. Visit our money matters page or sign up to one of Money Advice Scotland's webinars for more information on a variety of financial topics.
If you are in financial hardship, we have Discretionary Funds which may be able to assist you. Please see our money matters page: Financial Assistance - Discretionary Fund.
Keep an eye on our UoA Instagram stories for the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
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Thursday 4 February is Time to Talk Day – a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.
See Me Scotland's interactive bingo is full of ways to start a mental health conversation. How many can you tick off?
If you need to talk togetherall is a safe and anonymous online community. A place to talk anytime, anywhere. Sign up today using your academic email address.
We can all experience stress in our lives at times. For some of us a little bit of pressure can be beneficial and help us to perform better while others may feel anxious or overwhelmed. It is important to be able to manage how you are feeling so that it doesn't become too much and have an adverse effect on your health.
Getting a good night’s sleep (of between 7-9 hours) will help you to learn at your best, improve your state of mind and hopefully feel happier!
Here are some simple tips to help you get a good night’s sleep:
Take our quiz and find out more about your sleep habits https://www.buzzfeed.com/studentlifeuoa/your-sleeping-habits-cantsleep-21zeg7rok6
For more ways to help to improve your night’s sleep visit: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/
Your safety and wellbeing at university is important to us. We have a number of internal services and resources available to protect our community. To find out more please visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/students/support/safety-3396.php.
Listed below and some external services that are available to help keep you safe and they are all completely free. You are not alone.
For information on personal safety when you are out and about, protecting your home and internet safety visit: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/
For help in an emergency you should always dial 999. This is when there is risk of injury or loss of life or if you witness a crime in progress. For all non-emergency you can contact the police on 101.
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We should aim to exercise at least 30mins per day. The easiest way to do this to make exercise part of our daily routine. One way in which we can do this is to travel actively and sustainably.
Watch our video on how you can travel sustainability around Aberdeen with the current restrictions in place: Watch Video
Benefits to you and the environment:
How to travel more sustainably:
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Getting on top of your finances at university can be stressful. But please don’t worry we are here to help you the best we can. You can visit the New Student website for advice and to download the personal budget planner take control if your finances.
Top Saving Tip: Don’t forget to ask for student discount when you are out and about and check out Save The Student and Student Beans who provide great deals specifically for students. You don’t always have to go out to socialise with your friends either. In light of current government guidelines why not hold a virtual movie night or quiz with your friends.
A good study life balance is essential to avoid a burnout and make the most of your full academic ability. It’s important to look after your mind and your body and take some time to yourself each day. It’s easy to get caught up but slowing down and taking time for yourself each day will help you to be at your optimum and build resilience.
Check out the video of our counselling team sharing their best self-care tips
Things to note:
Sometimes its okay to not be okay please remember you are not alone. If you need support visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/students/student-life/student-advice-and-support.php
This World Mental Health Day, pause to consider the impact it may have had on you. The months of restrictions and lockdown have affected us all in different ways and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. We all have a mental health and, just like our physical health, we have to take care of it, now more than ever.
Pledge to #DoOneThing to look after your mental health today:
If you are feeling overwhelmed or need support you will find a list of resources that can help.
Remember you are not alone if need someone to talk to counselling service is open for virtual appointments. For more information visit: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/students/support/counselling-3635.php
Penumbra are offering a selection of self harm workshops throughout May and June. These workshops are for people who are struggling with their own self harm, and are designed to help you feel more informed about self harm and self harm recovery.
Join their zoom chats where you can explore your own relationship with self harm and learn healthy coping strategies.