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Mental Health Awareness Week

13-19 May 2024

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness of mental health issues and the services available to support people.

This year's theme is Movement: Moving more for our mental health, and with that in mind we're highlighting some of the research, events and initiatives taking place at ARU.

Prof Lee Smith

Research spotlight

Lee Smith is Professor of Public Health at ARU, with expertise in physical activity, sedentary behaviour and mental health. He's carrying out work to improve health and wellbeing across the lifespan.

Read more about Lee Are you sitting comfortably? Improving our physical and mental health Promoting physical activity among vulnerable groups
A male and female student play sport with a ball in gymnasium

Get moving with ARU

You'll find gyms, sports halls, MUGAs and more on our campuses – and a great range of sport and exercise sessions for students, staff and our local communities.

Sport at ARU Community sport and exercise
Sport and Exercise Science student lifting a weight

Study sport and health

If you're interested in supporting people's health and wellbeing, our courses can help you realise your ambitions. Find out more about studying at ARU.

Explore sport and health courses Community health courses
Woman using Nordic walking poles

Nordic Walks

Are you searching for a fun, low-impact workout? Join us at ARU in Writtle through May and June for free Nordic Walks

Book a free Nordic Walk

Also at ARU

Illustration of an open mind

Exploring eco-anxiety research project

A new participatory research project is exploring the feelings evoked by climate change.

Discover the GSI's research
Stacy Drieu

What mental health awareness means to me

Stacy, a Wellbeing Adviser at ARU, talks mental health awareness and what we can do to improve our wellbeing.

Read more from Stacy
Three students outside the main entrance to ARU's Cambridge campus

Supporting our students' wellbeing

We offer a range of services to ensure our students have a happy, successful time at ARU.

Find out more about health and wellbeing support