World Mental Health Day Special: Supporting university staff and students: The five ways to wellbeing

In this World Mental Health Day special episode James talks to Kate Aitchison, Head of Student Health & Wellbeing, Dr Lucy Robinson, Reader in Clinical Psychology and Ollie Bell, Colleague Health and Wellbeing Lead.

World Mental Health Day takes place on 10 October every year and gives us a chance to talk about looking after our mental health and how important it is to talk about things and get help if you are struggling.

Our guests discuss the importance of mental health, the lasting impacts of the pandemic on both students and colleagues and the 5 ways to wellbeing, a simple and effective framework you can use to help take care of your mental health.

The 5 ways to wellbeing:

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Take Notice
  • Keep Learning
  • Give


Lucy recommends the book Atomic Habits by James Clear:

James recommends the twitter account Doomscrolling Reminder Bot:

Ollie recommends the Zombies, Run App:

Newcastle University Student Resources:

University Wellbeing Services:
NUSU Student Advice Centre:
The Nurture-U Wellbeing Survey:

Newcastle University Colleague and Postgraduate Resources:

Colleague Wellbeing Hub:

Employee Assistance Programme: 25th October, 10:00 – 11:30
Sleep and CBT Workshop: Sleep well, Live Better: Build an understanding of the evidence base behind sleep and learn how to have better sleep