Odd socks day…because everyone can have an odd day!

On Friday 6th October put on your odd socks and to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health with Odd Socks Day! Stigma associated with mental illness is one of the biggest barriers to people looking for help. By wearing odd socks you can show your support, plus look great while doing it!

Mental illness has far reaching effects, even if you are not the one in five Australians who might experience it you cannot evade its impact for long. Whether you know someone who is suffering or are suffering yourself there is no condemnation for reaching out for help. Everyone will face the consequences of mental illness at some point, whether financial, social or emotional. QUT offers a lot of support including personal support and counselling as well as financial help and support.

QUT Library also has many resources available so you can learn more about mental health. Whether you are curious, want to support someone or need some advice, you can stay informed with these mental health books, ebooks and videos.

So this Friday make sure to wear your odd socks and share it with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram #oddsocksday because everyone can have an odd day!

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R U OK? Day

Today is all about asking the important question, are you okay? People all over Australia will be asking this question to connect in a meaningful way with one another and to help those who may not be doing well.

Student life can get tough, there is no shame in admitting it. With assignments, exams and everyday life pressures may come stress, anxiety and worry. But no one has to go through this alone, there are many places to go to for help and support including QUT counselors. The library can offer support to help with time management and study support too.

R U OK? Day is a cause that all Australians can get behind. R U OK? suggests the following ways in which we can all make a difference –

  • Have regular, meaningful conversations about the ups and downs of life. You don’t have to be an expert to do this, just show you care by being a good listener.
  • If you feel in your bones something is up with someone, take the time to ask how they are.
  • Listen without judgment, encourage action and check in with them again.
  • You don’t have to fix their problem or take away their pain, just make them feel supported.

For more conversation tips visit R U OK? website.

R U OK? Day is a reminder for us all to talk to our peers, colleagues, team mates, friends and family. To reconnect and support one another and feel like we belong! So if you see someone who might be struggling, take a chance, start a conversation, text, call, email or just start chatting. Ask are you okay?

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Meow, it’s International Cat Day!

cat-and-book-975572_1280International Cat Day is dedicated to a librarian’s best friend, our furry hot water bottles and companions, cats! It is a day for pampering your own cat or even the neighbourhood ones and recognising the impact they have made on our own lives and society as one of the most popular pets in the world.  Not only have cats been loving pets for many a millennium, the Ancient Egyptians worshipped our feline friends, they have also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and improve mental health, yay cats!

To spur on your own worship of cats today, here are some interesting kitty facts

  1. A group of kittens is called a kindle, because book lovers needed another reason to love kittens! A group of cats is called a clowder.
  2. Cats have been to space! The first cat to be such a high achiever was Felicette in 1963. Her name is French for Astrocat.
  3. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, talk about purring machines.
  4. A male cat is called a Tom and a female cat is called a Molly or a Queen which sounds about right!
  5. When cats are happy or pleased they squeeze their eyes shut, awwww!

cat-984097_1280QUT Library has lots of cat related resources including online movies and documentaries. So if you’re feeling the love for cats why not watch The Cat Returns, an anime that takes you into the fantastical world of cats. Or if you want to learn more about our furry companions have a look at The Secret Life of Cats. You can find more cat videos by searching for “cats” in the How to find – Videos and DVDs search box.

So make sure you stock up catnip and string and bust out your best cat sweater or cats eye sunglasses because Monday 8th August is all about cats! And, if you’re a dog lover, don’t get catty, National Dog day is just around the corner on August 26th.

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Mental Health Week in the Library

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.

 

This week QUT Library has been bustling with activities for Mental Health Week 2015. The purpose of Mental Health Week is to reflect on mental health and take some positive steps to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing. Here are some of the positive activities we’ve been up to this week:

QUT Law Library in conjunction with the QUT Law Society held a breakfast with industry partners who shared their knowledge and strategies about how they cope with stress in the workplace.

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

One of the mooting courts in the Law Library made way for colouring in activities and the free snow cones, fairy floss and popcorn were a big hit!

Our staff got in on the action and squeezed in some cuddles with cute baby animals.

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!

 

 

 

 

 

Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

On Thursday October 8 on level 4 of Kelvin Grove Library, we’ll be offering free five minute massages between 11am-1:00pm and 4pm-6pm. QUT Counselling is also holding free mindfulness meditation sessions to help you stress less. These will be held from 12:15pm-1pm at Kelvin Grove Library in R403. There are many more Mental Health Week activities happening this week at QUT.

If you’d like to know more about mental health, visit QUT Counselling, check out the online resources available at The Desk or for urgent assistance, call Lifeline.