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.

Attack distraction. Get mindful!

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC - BY - ND)

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC-BY-ND)

Is it hard for you to concentrate on necessary tasks?  Does your mind wander even when doing something fun? Do you … hey wait! Before you click to the next page, check your phone… oops, distracted again. Read on – I promise I’ll be brief.

We may think that we are great multitaskers but studies have shown that we are mostly wrong.  Truly paying attention to what we are doing in the moment can improve learning and positively affect many aspects of life. One amazing and easy activity to help you cultivate the feeling of flow in your work and to experience your life more deeply is the practice of mindfulness.

Reading about mindfulness and meditation is a great start. Or you could join a club here at QUT. MY Time QUT offers weekly yoga and meditation sessions as well as special retreats and even bush walks.

QUT Counselling also offers weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at both Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point. Go to the MY Time QUT Facebook page for more details.

See, that didn’t take too long. Practicing mindfulness is really …  Is that a puppy?

Fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC - BY)

fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC-BY)