Three students having a conversation for student mental health day

Improving Student Mental Health in Universities

University Mental Health Day Today is University Mental Health Day, a national campaign to promote student mental health in higher education (HE). Run jointly by Student Minds and the University Mental Health Advisers’ Network (UMHAN). This year’s theme is the power of using your voice. Recognising we all have mental health, stories to share and how we can all use our voices to shape the future of student mental health. My experience of Higher Education During my 16 years of working in,…

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The Mental Impact of Endometriosis Woman with a hot water bottle on checked pyjamas to indicate pain relief

The Mental Impact of Endometriosis

For Endometriosis Awareness Week, this is a special piece about the mental impact of experiencing Endometriosis. I am delighted that Kelly Swaby, Health and Life Coach has written this blog for Diverse Minds. I  used to be a Trustee of the Endometriosis She Trust, so this is something I feel passionately about as an ally. Pain and Endometriosis I sit here writing this blog with my faithful Livia (a device that provides drug-free relief from menstrual cramps). It is attached…

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Four ways love can improve your Mental Health

Happy Valentine’s Day! Are you sick of seeing red and pink everywhere yet? I find each year  Valentine’s Day becomes more intense . Larger bouquets, boxes of chocolates, dine in for two offers and souped-up cards. What I do want to focus on however, is how love aka connection can improve your mental health. The story of St Valentine Saint Valentine of Rome was a priest and bishop in the 3rd Century Roman Empire. He ministered to Christians, who at…

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Inclusive Leadership is a journey not a final destination

This week I presented at the TetraMap® UK Development Day on inclusive leadership. The presentation followed-on from a paper I co-authored with Anne Clews, Head of Performance Learning at Curium Solutions, entitled Empowering Inclusive Leaders for a Diverse World. In the last five years there has been significant discussion on the topic of Inclusive Leadership. Bothwick and Sweeney’s book Inclusive Leadership published October 2016 followed by Frost and Alidina’s book published this month entitled Building an Inclusive Organisation  shows the…

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BAME Women on Boards

Get on Board: Why diversity on boards matters

This week I attended the University of Leeds Council Meeting, from the other side of the table. What do I mean by this? I used to be a member of Council as a Student Union Officer in 2003-2004. November last year I was asked to become a Council member (equivalent to a trustee). I was filled with joy. You may think, why? Firstly, it was my alma matter, so I was honoured. Secondly, as I run my own business it’s…

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