Death Cafe Wednesday 10 May

Dying Matters logoCome and visit the Death Cafe on Wednesday 10th May, 11am – 2pm, Heart of the Campus at Collegiate Campus.

As part of the national Dying Matters Awareness week (8th-14th May 2017), the Sheffield Hallam Palliative and End of Life Care Interest Group are planning a range of events to enable students and staff to talk more openly about death, dying and bereavement. The theme this year is ‘What can you do?

Come along and find out what you can do to help someone cope with dying, death and bereavement. Tea, coffee and cakes provided. Register now.


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Students’ Union Mental Health Society News

MHSoc logoGreat news! The Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union Mental Health Society is now affiliated with the charity Student Minds. This means they will be getting support from a nationally recognised student mental health charity, which will help contribute to the Society’s cause in many positive ways.

It also means that they will be changing their name, logo, social media and email address to fit in with this new affiliation.

Their new name is Sheffield Hallam SU Student Minds and over the coming weeks you’ll see this change implemented across their social media. Their new email address is

Feel free to pop in to join them on Friday 31st March in Coffee Union to support Healthy Hallam Week from 2pm onwards.

Student MindsIf you wish to find out more about Student Minds please visit


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World Autism Awareness Week Minecraft Marathon

Message from Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand logoTo celebrate the conclusion of World Autism Awareness Week we are running our fourth Minecraft marathon on Monday 3rd April, from 10:00am until 10:00pm – and we’d like your help.

Our goal is to play Minecraft for 12 hours and create a world featuring Brain in Hand offices, but bigger, brighter, with stained glass windows (as we know this is tricky) and anything that comes to mind!  Brain in Hand team members Tom, Will, Jono and Francis will be building all day, but we’d love it if you could join in at any time for as little or as long as you can – 5 minutes or 5 hours!

Minecraft for AutismTo join in email to receive logon details.  It’s free to do and will be an autism-friendly space with players and moderators present.

The aim is to have lots of fun, but also raise funds for two autism charities –  Autism East Midlands, a brilliant charity founded by a group of parents wanting to make a difference; and Positively Autistic who run an online radio station to educate and create positive autism awareness.

Please sponsor the event on our just giving page:

P.S. To keep up to date with the action, we’ll be live-streaming the game and sharing a webcam of our marathon on

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What Health Services Do You Use When You Are Feeling Unwell?

Your Health picThe NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group, the local NHS organisation in Sheffield responsible for planning and buying healthcare for the people for Sheffield, is currently looking at the services that people use when they are feeling unwell.

They want to hear from specific groups of people in Sheffield about the services they use when they are feeling unwell. They are asking students in Sheffield to complete a survey to help them make decisions about the services that are available to people in Sheffield.

The survey can be completed online at the link below and your completion will help shape future health services in Sheffield.

The survey closes on 31 March 2017 and your help is much appreciated!

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University Mental Health Day – how it went

University Mental Health Day on the 2nd March provided a great opportunity for staff and students to work together to promote important messages relating to mental health.  The theme of being physically active to support mental health, which was agreed on by Student Minds and UMHAN for this year, was followed by the planning group, with activities and information focussed on this.

There were opportunities to get involved in a number of physical activities including table tennis and guided mindful walks around Collegiate campus.  Student and staff were encouraged to find out about the benefits of a more active lifestyle and to get tips on how to incorporate and sustain physical activity in our daily lives.  A number of students made pledges to be more physically active and spent time talking with staff and student volunteers about mental health.  The stand at City saw 75 visitors and there was good engagement at Collegiate campus, with between 30 and 40 people attending the mindful walks.

On the day there was a PC pop up, as a result of which 655 staff clicked through to the HR Wellbeing site and 89 students clicked through to the Student Wellbeing blog.  An email was also sent round to the majority of students leading to students accessing the Student Minds website and Hallam Union’s ‘Mind your Head’ information.

An HR initiative resulted in a number of short films with staff members talking about their own mental health difficulties and how they had overcome these.   The Vice Chancellor endorsed the day in his blog and reiterated SHU’s commitment to improving mental health for all, via the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and the Healthy Hallam Challenge.  There will be opportunities to get involved in later this month. IMG_1458 (2)  IMG_3921 IMG_1474 (2)


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Only 2 days until #UniMentalHealthDay

social-sharer-2-2This Thursday 2 March is University Mental Health Day and SHU will be participating in this national event by running stands and activities at both campuses to promote this year’s theme of ‘active mental health’.

From 10am – 3pm at both campuses there will be lots of opportunities to find out about how to become more physically active, helping to improve and maintain your mental health. All staff and students are welcome!

Table tennis will be set up at City Campus (Atrium, Level 2) and Collegiate Campus (Heart of the Campus, Ground Floor).  Staff will be on hand at both locations to give information about the benefits of physical activity and how you can introduce and sustain regular physical activity in your daily life.

  • Make a pledge to get yourself going with this and put it on one of the pledge boards.
  • Get ideas for a 30-day fitness challenge with resources to help you plan
  • Speak to a Sports Advisor from SHU Active and pick up a pass for a free session
  • Find out about promotions and discounts for physical activity in Sheffield

Move More is an app designed to help you to adopt a healthier lifestyle.  Download it to your phone and it will record your physical activity.  Throughout March there will be a Move More challenge taking place between the 2 universities, so find out how to join.

Be Active is one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.  To find out more about these or about the Healthy Hallam Challenge go to

More information for staff go to

Activities will also be taking place at the Students’ Union


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LGBT History Month

February is LGBT History Month and there is still time to catch some of the events at the Showroom and Millennium Galleries this weekend:

Hedwig & The Angry Inch (15), Saturday 25 February, 16:30 at the Showroom

Put on some music! Turn on the 8 Track! Grab you golden go-go boots and pull the wig down from the shelf because ‘internationally ignored song stylist’ Hedwig is in town!

Join us in the bar after the screening for Wig Out! the chance to flutter your feathers and dress to impress with a sickening punk/pop disco made in Sheffield but taking in the best of New York, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Milan!

The Showroom is also proud to support Sheena Amos Youth Trust and Friends of Edward Carpenter’s programme of LGBT+ History Month events running 25-26 February at the Millennium Galleries.

LGBT History Month Celebrations Live Late: 1967, 24 and 25 February, Millennium Galleries

Join us for Live Late as we celebrate LGBT+ History month and the 50 year anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales.

We will be marking this milestone with 1960s themed music, art, interactive activities and so much more to entertain and educate. Our throwback extravaganza features the chance to create kaleidoscopic spinning art, create your own LGBT protest badge or poster or contribute to our collaborative LGBT timeline throughout the night.


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University Mental Health Day Thursday 2nd March 2017

social-sharer-2-2University Mental Health Day takes place on Thursday 2nd March and this year’s theme is Active Mental Health. The day is about student volunteers, University staff and Student Union officers working together to promote key messages relating to mental health.

The campaign gives opportunities to:

  • talk about the relationship between physical and mental health
  • build social networks through physical activity
  • inspire others to take steps to become more physically active

This year there will be table tennis tables set up at City Campus (Owen Level 2) and Collegiate Campus (Heart of the Campus). Staff will be on hand to give information about the benefits of physical activity and how you can introduce and sustain regular physical activity in your daily life.  Why not get involved?

  • Make a pledge to get yourself going with this and put it on one of your pledge boards.
  • Pick up a pass for a free session with SHU Active.
  • Have a go on the smoothie bike at City Campus to make yourself a healthy, refreshing drink.
  • Talk to a Sports Advisor about taking part and being motivated to do physical activity (Heart of the Campus at 10-12 and City Campus at 1-3).

Take steps on 2nd March and throughout the month to become more active and improve your physical and mental health. All staff and students are welcome!

Be Active is one of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing.  To find out more about these or about the Healthy Hallam Challenge go to

More information for staff go to

Look out for Healthy Hallam Week coming up from 27th to 31st March






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Holy Communion every Monday

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Every Monday at 12.30 pm there is a service of Holy Communion (also known as the Holy Eucharist, the Mass, or the Divine Liturgy) at the Multifaith Centre on Level 2 of the Owen Building, conducted according to the rites of the Church of England.

The service lasts for just under 30 minutes. It includes prayers and readings from the Bible, a short time of reflection, and the giving of bread and wine in remembrance of what took place when Jesus shared a meal for the last time with his followers. This has been the central act of Christian worship for 2000 years.

After the service, tea/coffee is available for anyone who wishes to stop for a chat. All baptised members of Christian churches may receive Holy Communion. If you are not baptised but would still like to attend you are just as welcome and can receive a blessing.

If you would like to know more about the service of Holy Communion please contact The Revd Ian

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Holocaust Memorial Day – 27.01.17

HMD 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year.

The Multifaith Chaplaincy will be marking the occasion with a small exhibition in Heartspace (Level 2, Owen Building). This will be on display from 10am on Thursday 26 January until 5pm on Friday 27 January.

A short film about Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 has been produced, the theme of which is ‘How can life go on?. You can view and download the film.

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to start this process.

The aims of HMD are laid out in the statement of commitment. This is a real demonstration of how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.

Contact for further information.

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