National Stress Awareness Day: Event Details





Whatever the Weather Walk




Unmanaged stress can lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease, anxiety and depression. Walking is an effective way to reduce stress. Get your trainers or walking boots and join us for a 20-minute walk on campus! TV star Dr Rhys Jones will also join the walk on the day!!



Bell Tower by the Arts Centre and Student Union

Time: 12.15pm




Health Champion and Hugh Owen Library





Meeting Dr Rhys Jones

Dr Rhys Jones, herpetologist, parasitologist, molecular evolutionary biologist, and Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cardiff University's school of Biosciences as well BBC one's resident wildlife adventurer is giving a talk about his work and his academic experience -referring to his dyslexia, TV programmes and even de-stressing through martial arts- as well making his own book recommendations.   

Hugh Owen Library


Hugh Owen Library

Promoting Human Resources Initiatives


Promoting Human Resources initiatives and support, including Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Time to Change Wales and Chwarae Teg work-life balance initiatives.



Arts Centre Foyer, downstairs

Time: 10.00-3.00pm



Human Resources: Olymbia Petrou



Exercise to Relieve Stress


Raising awareness about the method of exercise that most benefits stress reduction.



Arts Centre Foyer, downstairs

Time: 10.00-12.00pm and 2.00-4.00pm


Sports Centre, Sport and Exercise Science: Michele Presacane, Neil Coleridge

Free Physical Activity



Come along to try some of our Stress Busting Ideas!

Free swim, 2.00-4.00pm

Free Zumba Toning, 12.15-1.00pm

Free Pilates Fitball, 1.10-2.00pm

Free access to Get-Set-Go, 12.15-1.00pm (Thursday class)




Sports Centre






Sports Centre: Laura-Rae Smith, Rachel Hubbard, Michele Presacane




Mindapples Tree




A simple day-to-day activity that is good for the mind. Think about your ‘Five a day’ for mental health and well-being.





Hugh Owen Library, Level D

Time: 11.00-2.00pm



Student Wellness Centre: Emma Lloyd



Basic Health Checks 
Blood pressure and heart rate can be both excellent indicators of overall inner tension and stress. Get a feedback on your heart rate and blood pressure readings. Angela will also provide information about the role of nutrition to combat stress.


Hugh Owen Library, Level D

Time: 11.00-2.00pm

Student Wellness Centre: Angela Lloyd-Jones

Read What You Want! 
Take some time to yourself, away from textbooks and articles. Whatever you like reading or watching, come along to Hugh Owen Library and find inspiration. Hugh Owen Library, Level E

Time: All Day


Hugh Owen Library in collaboration with Ceredigion Public Library service: Ffion Bell

Healthy Food Choices


On the day a special menu showcasing the foods that help to relieve stress will be available in the restaurants.

Smoothies and special made to order juices will be discounted (10% off). The restaurants will also promote the ‘start off the day fit and well’ with a special porridge promotion.


Tamed Da, Blas Gogerddan, Blas Padarn and Pantycelyn, IBERbach

Hospitality Services: Jeremy Mabbutt

Dyslexia Self-Assessment Checklist 
Online dyslexia tests will be accessed by students to have an initial indication of any undisclosed learning differences.


Student Welcome Centre Reception

Time: 10.00-4.00pm


Student Support Services: John Harrington, Diana Jones

Managing Stress 
Representatives from Mind Aberystwyth will provide advice, information and support to individuals experiencing the effects of mental distress, including family, friends and carers. Arts Centre Foyer, downstairs



Mind Aberystwyth in collaboration with Penbryn 5: Rachel Horsley, Eurwen Booth, Anne Jeremiah

Board Games and Motivational Movies
There will be bean bags, big board games, motivational films and uplifting clips – a place to unwind in between lectures.



Picture House and Annex of the Students’ Union

Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Student Union: Laura Dickens

Promoting Student Union Services 
Promoting Student Union Services, club, societies and Advice and Representation Centre to let students know what is available to them.


Arts Centre Foyer, downstairs

Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Student Union


Campaign to End Mental Health Stigma and Discrimination
The Time to Change Wales Champions will be around campus promoting the Time to Change Wales campaign to end stigma and discrimination around mental health. Penglais Campus

Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Time to Change Wales Champions
Careers Advice
Staff from the Careers Advisory Service will be available to provide advice and support on how students can be more prepared and make a less stressful transition into the world of work.


Student Union

Time: 10.00-4.00pm

Careers Service
Reading for Stress Relief 
The Arts Centre book shop will have a wide range of books on stress, health and well-being.


Arts Centre Bookshop

Time: All day

 Simon Williams

Free On Site Head and Shoulder Massage
Massage can be a powerful tool to relieve stress. Michele will offer a 15 minutes free massage session. Do not miss out! Contact Michele at to reserve your place.

Sports Centre

Health Champion: Michele Presacane