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What is KCLSU Wellbeing?
Kings College London Students’ Union (KCLSU) Wellbeing works closely with students at King’s to promote positive wellbeing, supporting a range of student-led initiatives and campaigns throughout the academic year.
Both the initiatives and campaigns led by KCLSU Wellbeing have been created to empower and encourage students to take a positive approach when looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.
All activities and events include a wide range of student initiatives, events and training across all campuses and residences, and are inspired by the ‘King’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing’.
KCLSU Wellbeing believes that good wellbeing is about discovering who we are and what makes us thrive.
It supports students to take care of themselves and get the best of their time at King’s through the Wellbeing Hub and Peer Support.
- The Wellbeing Hub is the online space for students to find activities, events and resources to boost their wellbeing and thrive.
- Peer Support are student-only spaces where students can share, learn and support each other’s mental health and wellbeing. The Positive Peers offer supportive spaces for any student who wants to improve their mental health and wellbeing, whilst Black Students Talk is a supportive space for black students only.
How can I start a Student-led Wellbeing initiative?
KCLSU Wellbeing supports a wide range of student groups and individuals to create their own wellbeing initiative. The Wellbeing Initiative Planning Guide provides guidance on how students can plan their own initiative or event.
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What wellbeing events are run by KCLSU?
Every year King's College London Students' Union (KCLSU) holds a wide range of activities and campaigns across all campuses, all of which have been inspired by the ‘King’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing’ and help to encourage better student wellbeing.
All information about the events and activities below and more, will be available on the Wellbeing Hub, your online space for events, activities and resources to boost your wellbeing and thrive.
Held every November, KCLSU Wellbeing Week gives students an opportunity to discover new wellbeing initiatives by trying out a range of activities and events which are organized by both students and staff.
Take Time Out
Take Time Out is a KCLSU Wellbeing campaign that runs in the first few weeks of exam season to promote better physical, mental and social wellbeing among students. Students can de-stress from exams by visiting a 'Take Time Out tent' at the Guy or Strand campus and take part in a range of fun activities and receive outreach support.
In 2019-20 and again in 2020-21, KCLSU transformed this into the Take Time In campaign, to support students under lockdown.
Mental Health Awareness Days
There are days within the academic year that focus on raising mental health awareness globally and on campus:
Held on 10 October, World Mental Health Day is an international day for raising awareness of mental health issues, reducing stigma and supporting those with mental health issues or concerns. Find out all the different ways you can support World Mental Health Day.
University Mental Health Day is held on the first Thursday of March in the United Kingdom. It was created by Student Minds, who use student voices and experiences to help change the perception around student mental health. Take a look at how you can get involved in University Mental Health Day.
The Rise Festival
To mark World Mental Health Day on campus, The Rise Festival is held annually to raise awareness, reduce stigma and celebrate the efforts of the communities that support mental health.
Students can participate in a number of activities to open up the conversation about mental health.
Who are the Positive Peers?
Positive Peers are student partners of KCLSU Wellbeing, who promote positive mental health and wellbeing for all students at King’s.
Positive Peers help other students to thrive during their time at King’s by creating student-only spaces where they can support and learn from each other.
Throughout the academic year, Positive Peers support a wide range of wellbeing outreach activities and workshops designed to empower and encourage students to take a proactive approach when looking after their physical and mental wellbeing.
These are some of the events by the Positive Peers:
A confidential workshop, developed by Student Minds where students can learn tips and tricks that improve low mood, mild depression and overall wellbeing.
Cooking and Conversation
A workshop run in partnership with King’s Residences to improve wellbeing through teaching students easy and healthy recipes, while opening up the conversation around various topics that are relevant to university life.
‘Thrive’ Wellbeing Workshop
Inspired by the NHS 5 Steps to Mental Wellbeing this workshop allows students to explore and discover the different ways which they can thrive. The workshop encourages participants to set positive goals and teaches them how best to include wellbeing into their lives.
You can also connect with the Positive Peers on social media and sign up for their newsletter to stay up-to-date with all their activities including a new podcast and blog series:
What is Black Students Talk?
Black Students Talk (BST) is a peer support group run by KCLSU, that provides safe, supportive and therapeutic spaces for Black students to meet, share, learn, and manage our mental health & wellbeing at King’s College London.
Who is Black Students Talk (BST) for?
University students at King’s College London who identify as “Black” (African, Caribbean, Mixed with Black heritage).
Why does Black Students Talk exist (BST)?
As university students we experience complex academic, psychological, social, emotional and financial pressures. Black students face specific pressures that often affect our mental health and therefore, our university experience and outcome. We want to help make the lives of all Black students at King’s College London as happy, healthy and successful as possible.
For more information and details on how to attend visit Black Students Talk.