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LBS hosts activities for Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week saw a series of events on campus aimed at raising awareness, destigmatising open discussions and providing professional advice about wellbeing. 

Here’s a look at what went on during the week.

Professional Athletes Panel

A panel of former professional sportsmen examined performing at a high levels under intense pressure.

British middle distance runner Andy Baddeley, former England one-day international cricketer Mike Yardy and former England rugby international Jason Leonard spoke about the impact that can have on your mental health.

The panelists shared their experiences about coping with fame, fortune and adoration, before the challenges of retirement – which included depression.

LGBTQI Film Screening & Debrief

This panel session examined the importance of self-identity, and how to find strength in who you are. The session, run in partnership with LBS Out in Business Club, included film clips before an intimate discussion about what it means to accept yourself, and love who you are.

Hacking Mental Health

Mental health consultant Nadya Powell gave a valuable insight into how mental health issues can affect employees and impact business. The workshop aimed to help attendees develop coping mechanisms and ended with a hacking session identifying actionable changes to benefit everyone in the workplace.

LBS Mental Health Experiences

Students organised a panel session where people were able to share their experiences and discuss ways of overcoming problems, coping with mental health issues, and supporting others. François opened the event and discussed some of his own challenges, before panelists spoke frankly about theirs and took questions from the audience.

Puppy Therapy

One of the more uplifting and popular events of the week came in the form of the Puppy Therapy sessions.

Hotspur, an Irish Setter dog, spent time making some new friends with School members. His owner Margaret Bradley explained that stroking dogs releases serotonin – a happy chemical in the brain – for both humans and dogs.

Mental Health and Foodie Club

The food mood workshop aimed to help attendees make informed decisions about the lifestyle choices impacting their mental health.

The event was run by holistic health coach, Hala Sabbah and began with some hard-hitting questions that illustrated how lifestyle choices affected life expectancy.

The event also included a number of practical exercises, including looking at your own Circle of Life – examining your satisfaction in key areas of your life including relationships, health, career, finances and spirituality.

One of the main takeaways from the event linked good health to self-realisation and aligning values. By knowing your goals and keeping this front of mind, you can help to reduce the number of negative lifestyle choices you make.

Headspace Workshop

A meditation workshop was run by Charlotte Hilton from Headspace – a leading meditation app. The event aimed to show that meditation is accessible for everyone and highlighted its link to mindfulness. Charlotte also presented a guided mediation session. Research seems to point towards several benefits from regular meditation.

Meditation improves:

  • Compassion
  • Relationships
  • Focus
  • Decision making
  • Sleep
  • Happiness

Meditation reduces

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness
  • Aggression
  • Blood pressure
  • Mind-wandering