Wellbeing Festival 2018 – Wednesday 7 February

“A celebration of all things that support us in our quest for wellbeing!”

Join the Student Wellbeing Service on Wednesday 7 February for “an afternoon of free activities and events for students (although staff are welcome to come along) to showcase what Portsmouth has to offer in supporting, encouraging and inspiring us all in maintaining our personal wellbeing”.

More details here

Upcoming Seminar – I’m petrified of being found to be lacking: exploring the issues of teacher mental health

Wednesday, 7 March

13:00 – 14:30

Title: I’m petrified of being found to be lacking: exploring the issues of teacher mental healthThe MICE (Mental Health in Childhood and Education) Hub in SECS is hosting the following research seminar, by Prof Jonathan Glazzard, Professor of Teacher Education, Carnegie School of Education, Leeds Beckett University

Abstract: This research focuses on the causes of poor teacher mental health.Additionally, it addresses the impact of poor teacher mental health on the quality of teaching, student achievement and the quality of relationships that teachers form with students and colleagues. Whilst existing research focuses on the impact of workload on teacher stress, there is limited research on the impact of poor teacher mental health on children and young people. This study employed a survey which was completed by over 700 teachers. Semi-structured interviews were also conducted to capture more in-depth data. Teachers with mental health needs perceived that their mental health had a detrimental impact on the quality of their teaching, student achievement and the quality of relationships they established with students and colleagues. Additionally, the results suggest that poor teacher mental health has a detrimental effect on teachers’ creativity in the classroom. The data indicate that causes of poor mental health in teachers are multi-faceted and complex. Implications for school leaders are drawn out of the data.

That Festive Feeling

Winter is here and this time of year is often associated with feelings of happiness and joy. But the reality for many is often quite different and can leave them feeling down in the dumps.

From financial pressure to family feuds; there are many reasons why the festive season brings only stress and worry for some. And for others, it may be a case of feeling those winter blues. SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a fairly common phenomenon thought to be caused by a lack of exposure to sunlight.

Often it’s a case of being patient and waiting it out, but there are a few things you can do to help get you back on track for some Christmas cheer.


  1. Get outside – even just 15 minutes may be enough to help improve your overall wellbeing through the winter months. If this isn’t possible, try to sit near a window or invest in a SAD lamp or ‘light box’, this is meant to mimic natural sunlight, although their effectiveness is still debated.


  1. Take regular exercise – preferably outside if possible. There are now several studies which suggest that exercise is as effective as drug therapy for the treatment of mood disorders.



  1. Eat a healthy diet – this goes without saying, overall good health and wellbeing is far more achievable if your body is receiving the correct balance of nutrients and energy.


  1. Talking therapies – there are different options available through the NHS if you wish to do this formally. Alternatively, ensure you meet regularly with friends who you can talk about your feelings with and live an active social life or join a local social group in your area. Interacting with others can help to boost mood significantly.



  1. Volunteer – helping others is a sure fire way to boost your move and what better time of year is there to do it than at Christmas! There are many vulnerable groups of people who require support; including the homeless and those living in poverty. Volunteering at a food bank or even just donating a few spare tins could really help make a difference to someone’s Christmas this year.

*To reference/cite this blog as follows: The MICE Hub, Friday 22nd December 2017, That Festive Feeling.*

*Please note: All opinions expressed are that solely of the MICE Hub and its associates*