Webinars and Online Events

The GCU Wellbeing Team offer a range of different groups and workshops to students and staff at Glasgow Caledonian University to enhance their mental health and wellbeing. 

Throughout the year we work with both internal and external partners to provide a series of events for students and staff to learn more about, and enhance their mental health and wellbeing. This includes activities for University Mental Health Day, World Mental Health Day, and more.

Sign up to our Weekly Newsletter, check back to this webpage, and follow our eventbrite and Facebook Events page for more information.

Upcoming Events and Webinars

Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of our BAME & LGBTQ+ Stem Students

Registration is now open for the second QAA Collaborative Cluster event on Supporting the Mental Wellbeing of our BAME & LGBTQ+ Stem Students. At the webinar participants will hear from Katie Nicoll Baines and Lara Lalemi who are going to share their research and discuss their insights with us from their ongoing work in advocating for BAME and LGBTQ+ communities within STEM.

The event is on the 20th of April at 2-3pm, please sign up and book a place at the eventbrite.

Supporting Students' Success Workshops: Survey for Students (2020)

We recognise the challenging times our students are experiencing in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and want to do everything we can to support them. To enhance the support framework we have in place, and in anticipation of the ongoing challenges we know students will face post-COVID, we would like to apply for funding to deliver GRIT student workshops throughout 2021, 2022 and 2023.

We are asking students to complete a quick survey to help shape these workshops. This survey consists of 5 questions, and should take around 5 minutes to complete.

You can access the survey at our SurveyMonkey Link.

Social Media

The GCU Wellbeing Service and GCU Disability Team are active on social media! Find a list of our social media accounts below:

GCU Wellbeing

Twitter : @GCUWellbeing

Instagram : @GCUWellbeing

Facebook : @GCUWellbeing

 

GCU Disability 

Twitter : @DT_GCU

Instagram : @GCU_Disability

Getting involved across the GCU Community

Other teams across the GCU Community also provide lots of opportunities to get involved with events:

Kindness Poetry: Mental Health Awareness Week

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to submit a nomination for our Kindness Poetry Competition. We're excited to announce the winners for the staff and student categories - congratulations to: 

Staff 1st Place: Vasilios Stouraitis
Staff 2nd Place: C Nurbhai

Student 1st Place Winner: Jennie Webster
Student 2nd Place Winner: David Alfred Grimm

All poems are listed below, and are also being shared over the next week on the GCU Wellbeing Facebook (@GCUWellbeing). 

 

Dr. Vasilios Stouraitis

Kindness

Kindness is a force that stems from the heart

No matter the odds, this feeling will never part

Compassion and understanding rise in this new mysterious age

Love takes over and hate abandons the stage

 

We dreamt of a time when kindness would unite

A time when we could distinguish wrong from right

Kindness is an energy that dictates our role

It is a decision to become whole

 

Being kind is a reward that will never cease

It is the road to inner peace

Recognizing what binds us together

Understanding we will not be here forever

 

Through Kindness, our fellow man extends a hand

We reach out, as our fears disappear like sand

In our hearts we know we can change the future

Our hopes rise from our hearts like a potent creature

 

We suddenly realise kindness is the key to destiny

We extend our reach to touch this mesmerizing eternity

Visions of a new world of kindness gradually arise

It is time to realize, in this quest, there are no alibis

 

Dr. Vasilios Stouraitis

 

 

C. Nurbhai

What is kindness?

 

Kindness is a state of mind,

in everything you do be kind.

 

Kindness is exchanging smiles,

then happiness can travel miles.

 

Kindness is simply thinking of others;

strangers, neighbours, family, mothers.

 

Kindness is listening and being aware,

letting people know you’re there and care.

 

Kindness is giving a bit of your time,

and it doesn’t have to cost a dime.

 

Kindness is giving a great big cuddle,

and helping someone out of their muddle.

 

Kindness is really fairly easy,

just be genuine, don’t make people queasy.

 

Kindness is something you can always bring,

kindness is a wonderful thing.

 

Jennie Webster:

Helping other people and being ever so kind,

is good for the body and for the mind.

Manners cost nothing and kindness is free,

a lift to the mood some kindness can be.

 

Being kind to one another helps people to stay

healthy and happy during the month of May.

All year round it is possible to be kind,

keeping people healthy in both body and in mind.

 

Look out for each other and keep an eye on your peers,

we need to stick together across all of the years.

Kindness is under-rated and can make someone smile

Caledonian has more kindness than ever by a country mile.

 

At GCU we all care as we share

talking about what matters, as much as we dare.

So put kindness and being kind at the front of your mind

and if you see someone struggling, remember to be kind.

 

 

David Alfred Grimm

Kindness

Many people think it’s simply a word

A notion, a dream.

When we think of kindness what do we see?

Friendship and tenderness, hopeful eyes and people that smile.

Shoulders built for spilt tears, with people that stay, in your darkest of times.

 

Kindness isn’t just a word or a notion, kindness is a way of life,

some it flows like breath, for others they have to dig hard Inside their souls to bring it forward. You can bet they still will.

Its worth the work as in time you’ll be kind to them when they don’t realise, they need it most.

 

Kindness speaks without words or sound,

contagious like the yawn that spreads without notice, kindness is a gift from all, for all, that brings a smile to the hardest of souls.

Whether you’re –

emotional,

closed off,

hyper ecstatic,

kindness brings joy in the least seeming of places.

To be shown a kindness is a gesture dripping in layers and layers of Beauty. it will linger a lifetime, bringing smiles to strangers as you smile at the memory of a kindness gone by.

 

Normalise kind deeds in the eyes of those that doubt,

Be kind to you, be kind to me and all of the others will see the beauty

and smile In the time it takes for your heart to skip and beat.

 

Hau Yin Tsang

In every day and with each night,

Focus on your heart.

Show gratitude and live life kind,

A smile is a great start.

 

Phone a friend, send a card

Paint a rainbow, clap to say thank you

Be kind with an open heart,

Share it and you will be rewarded too.

 

Melanie Armstrong

Petals of kindness,

Floating gently around us,

Perfuming and sensing our lives,

As up to the challenges we rise.

 

Bathed in lightness,

As we are showered with kindness,

Onwards we go,

Fast or slow,

Living our days,

As we pray for new ways.

 

Emerging stronger,

and resilient for longer.

 

Kindness counts for so much in our world.