World Mental Health Day & Poetry Competition

World Mental Health Day – Friday October 8th 2010 Main Reception 10am – 2pm

Friday 8th October 2010 is World Mental Health Day and here at the University of Worcester we are delighted to be supporting this with our own series of events.  Details of the programme are as follows:-

 10am – 2.30pm Main Reception. There will be a series of promotional events taking place throughout the day.  The University’s Mental Health Adviser and members of the Counselling Team will provide information for students and staff and there will be a large selection of information leaflets, and other promotional materials including pens, stress balls, keyrings and post it notes.

There will be an exhibition of original artwork created by artists from Shrub Hill Workshop to celebrate World Mental Health Day 2010.

There will also be a poetry competition.  Entries are requested from Students and Staff on the theme of ‘Home’. This will also give recognition to National Poetry Day which takes place on the previous day the 7th October. There  will be poetry workshops looking at the theme of home/away with students, as many students will be away from home and familiarising themselves with new surroundings. There will also be a poetry wall, where both students and staff can write their own thoughts and comments on the day. You can access the Rules for the competition  and an Entry Form through these links.

During lunchtime students from the Drama Department will recite poetry with the theme’ Home’.

Local poet Jenny Hope will be on campus for the day. She is a member of NAWE/National Association of Writers in Education.  She has run poetry workshops for various age groups both in education and within the community. Jenny has a BA Hons in Creative Writing from the University of Birmingham. Her poetry has been published widely and her first collection, Petrolhead was published in 2010 by Oversteps Books, Devon.

Mental Health Matters be mindful of Yours.

Show your support for World Mental Health Day by wearing a Blue Ribbon. These are free from Reception, Student Union, Library, Dining Room & Student Services Enquiry desk in Woodbury.




    The birds outside my window
    They fly around and away
    Then circle back
    Swirling around in formation
    Above the buildings
    Outside the land.
    I think it’s time to go back
    To being a bird
    Flying high
    Thinking strong
    Winding through my sentences
    Spewing tortuous thoughts
    Always above the grounding
    Birds dive down
    Don’t hit the ground
    And I may stop
    But not for long
    For I have wings
    The mind is me
    A melodious symphony.
    But I have no flock
    No one by my side
    Just my thoughts
    Swarming my mind
    I fly alone.
    I shall fly alone.

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