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Mental Health & Mindfulness

A series of sessions addressing mental wellbeing and using mindfulness to support good health


Life during lockdown: Understanding Mental Health & Wellbeing

Many of us view a new year as a fresh start and, after an incredibly tough 2020, we looked at  the new year as something to be optimistic about.  But as many of us continue to work from home or make a return to home schooling, we understand that it is challenging to remain so positive and upbeat when things remain so uncertain.

UWS are keen to support those who are struggling with their mental health, perhaps experiencing signs of stress, anxiety and low mood. Over the four weeks, we invite you to take part in our online mental health and mindfulness sessions with UWS Mental Health Experts. The sessions will take place on Zoom on Wednesday mornings from 10am and the first session will take place on Wednesday 10th February 2021.

The live sessions will provide everyone who comes along with an inclusive, welcoming and informal space to switch off, breathe a little deeper, reflect and relax for around 30-40 minutes.

Across the four weeks of this series, our trainers Dr Robin Ion and Professor Ross Deuchar will discuss the importance of good mental health, stress management techniques, relaxation techniques while exploring basic mindfulness practices. No existing knowledge of mindfulness or meditation is required - our trainers will guide you through the process. If you have attended our previous mental health and mindfulness sessions, you will be able to revisit and build on your skills.

Robin Ion is a Mental Health Nurse and Senior Lecturer in Mental Health at UWS.  He has extensive experience in the design, delivery and review of mental health nurse education.

Professor Ross Deuchar is an expert social scientist, with research in youth crime, policing and social justice. He is particularly interested in mindfulness and the application of techniques to manage emotion and is a qualified mindfulness coach.

The sessions are free to attend but advanced registration is required. The live sessions will take place on Zoom and the links will be emailed to you prior to the event each week. When you register for the sessions, you will be registered to join all four sessions, but you do not need to attend all four. You may join with your camera turned off for the duration of the practice.

 If you have any questions about the session, or if you would like to find out more about our Mental Health & Mindfulness CPD options, please contact

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