February 27, 2020, by Emma

University Mental Health Day in Libraries

Join Libraries for University Mental Health Day this Thursday 5 March.

University Mental Health Day is an annual event to raise awareness of mental health in higher education. This year the focus is on random acts of kindness and we’ve got a host of ways for you get involved – from book swaps to sharing positive messages.

Read on for details of how to get involved…

Mystery Book Swap

Not only is Thursday 5 March University Mental Health Day, it’s World Book Day too! To celebrate, our eight libraries will be hosting a mystery book swap from 5 – 12 March.

Do you have a favourite, cherished or recommended read that you’d like to share with others as a random act of kindness? Here’s how:

1. Wrap up your book and add a tag with a short message about why you like the book. It’s probably best to say what kind of book it is too, we don’t want any romantics ending up with a thriller on Random Acts of Kindness Day!

2. Leave your book at any of our eight libraries from 5 – 12 March – either with a member of Library staff or at our reception desks

3. We’ll display your book in our libraries ready for fellow library users to pick up.

While you’re there, why not pick a book for yourself? Don’t forget to share your mystery book on Twitter or Instagram by tagging @uonlibraries #uonbookswap

Leisure Reading Collection

Books on the Leisure Reading Collection shelves in George Green Library

Looking for your next read but don’t fancy a surprise? Browse our leisure reading collection online or in the following libraries – Greenfield Medical (QMC), George Green (UP) and James Cameron-Gifford (SB).

You’ll find a range of books from award-winning fiction and wellbeing titles to essay collections and graphic novels. We’ve recently expanded, and diversified, the collection thanks to staff and student suggestions during both Black History Month and LGBT+ History Month.

Share a positive message

Are you based on Sutton Bonington or Jubilee Campus? Pop by James Cameron-Gifford Library on Sutton Bonington or Business Library on Jubilee Campus to leave positive messages for your fellow library users on our Mindapple Trees.

Pop in and write something nice to cheer up someone’s day.

Academic skills support

College student in class, taking notes and using a highlighter

Visit our Student Academic Skills team at the University Mental Health Fair for guidance and support on developing your academic skills from time management and planning your revision to essay writing and referencing.

The fair is taking place on Thursday 5 March on C Floor in the Portland Building from 11am to 2pm.

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