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Wellbeing: Wellbeing

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Wellbeing support at Bournemouth University

Bournemouth University offers support for both mental and physical wellbeing.

   

Services provided include counselling, chaplaincy, workshops and drop-ins. 

There is also access to The Big White Wall,  an online mental health support service free for all BU students, available 24x7. It's completely anonymous, meaning you can express yourself freely and openly, safe in the knowledge that professionally trained Wall Guides are monitoring the community.

For students in Halls of Residence, ResLifeBU offers a programme of support focused on 3 core principles - Social, Wellbeing and Skills. 

For BU staff there are things you can join in with such as lunchtime walks and Sport@BU classes. The BU Staff Intranet pages contain useful links and helpful advice on wellbeing and occupational health as well as information on the free, confidential Employee Assistance Programme.

Horticulture and wellbeing

 

 

Gardens and health Implications for policy and practice published by The King's Fund, shows that gardens and gardening can have positive benefits on health and wellbeing. There is a lot of other material about the subject, such as this article in The Guardian by James Wong, and this webpage which outlines 6 health benefits. There are also various organizations who promote these benefits, such as Capital Gardens and the Royal Horticultural Society.

 

The are many examples of "Horticultural Therapy" schemes to help and support people with health issues, and provide opportunities for volunteering. E.g. Horatio's Garden, which started in Salisbury, and has now spread across the country to provide a natural outdoor environment for patients with spinal injuries. Thrive is the leading charity in the UK using gardening to change the lives of disabled people.

An example of Bournemouth scheme is the Cherry Tree Nursery, which provides  a working environment for people with mental illness. There are opportunities to volunteer locally; look at these links Bournemouth or Poole for more details.

If you haven't got your own garden to enjoy, you might want to look at these Walking links, for some local green spaces to enjoy.

 

Reading about wellbeing

Arts and Wellbeing

This article from the Guardian newspaper explains how recent research shows that the arts help meet challenges in health and social care associated with ageing, loneliness, long-term conditions and mental health.