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Royal College of Music students after a football match during Health & Wellbeing Week 2019

Health & Wellbeing Week returns

Monday 11 February 2019

February 2019 began with the return of the Royal College of Music Students’ Union Health & Wellbeing Week. A diverse programme of events ran across the week to inform RCM students about the importance of leading a healthy life.

President of RCM Students’ Union, Eleanor Mackie explains: ‘Our aim for the week was to remind everyone that we all have a physical health and a mental health which are of equal importance and a priority to us here at the college. This Health and Wellbeing Week has been a key part of the year for the Students’ Union and we are constantly looking for ways to further our support for our students and provide them with the tools they need to help with everyday life.’

RCM Director, Professor Colin Lawson comments: ‘I’m proud that our Students’ Union Health & Wellbeing week is an important part of our College calendar. At the Royal College of Music we strive to create a supportive environment for students and highlight the importance of looking after our health and wellbeing’.

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Sessions were led by a selection of experts and included topics such as art therapy, meditation, tackling performance anxiety as well as physical activities ranging from yoga and taekwondo to a staff vs student football match. This year’s programme showcased that looking after health and wellbeing can take many different forms.

The British Association For Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) led a session on Musculoskeletal Health and there was a visit from Nightline. Nightline are a confidential and anonymous listening and information service run by students for students. Their mission is to make sure students feel supported throughout their university experience. Elsewhere Creative Careers Centre Manager Diana Roberts and Dr Natasha Loges led a Women In Music discussion about obstacles women face in rising to the top of the profession. NatWest also engaged students with their Money & Me Financial Literacy Program including an exploration of financial health, and students enjoyed a visit from Therapy Dogs Nationwide.