Mental health symposium and wellbeing events mark Mental Health Awareness Week at RCS

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland will host a symposium on mental health disabilities in the higher education sector as part of Mental Health Awareness Week (May 8 to 14).

In 2015, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland embarked on an 18-month research study to explore the prevalence of mental health disabilities amongst its student body and to understand better the impact it has for both students and the staff teaching them. In addition to reporting on this research, the Mental Health Disability Symposium Supporting Student Transitions and Training on Wednesday, May 10, is an opportunity for UK higher education institutions and conservatoires to share key findings, identify gaps and inform future theory and practice in supporting transitions for students with mental health disabilities for the duration of their studies and beyond.

Other events scheduled to mark Mental Health Awareness Week at Scotland’s national conservatoire include Paws Against Stress with Therapets from Canine Concern Scotland Trust, yoga, talks and a session on relaxation, hypnotherapy, performance anxiety and stress management.

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is a welcoming and inclusive environment, a place where every student is treated as an individual. It aims to ensure that all students receive any support they may need during their studies and a range of services are available including learning, financial and accommodation support, support for students with a disability and a counselling service.

Mental Health Awareness Week events at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland:


Monday 8 May

  • 10am – 1pm, Jack Bruce Space: a charity bake sale and stalls from Breathing Space, a free and confidential phone service for anyone in Scotland experiencing low mood, depression or anxiety, and See Me, Scotland’s national programme to end mental health stigma and discrimination, enabling people who experience mental health problems to live fulfilled lives.

Tuesday 9 May

  • 9am – 10am, RS5 (Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks): yoga with Laura Gonzales.
  • 5.30pm – 7.30pm, Fyfe Lecture Theatre: Q&A with Nick Jedrzejewski, Communications Officer at See Me.
  • 7pm – 10pm, Ledger Recital Room: film screening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Wednesday 10 May

  • 10am – 1.30pm, AGOS Coaching Room: tea and empathy with Fionnuala Featherstone.

Thursday 11 May

  • 9am – 11am, M2: Relaxation, hypnotherapy, performance anxiety and stress management with Wayne Neo.

Friday 12 May

  • 1pm – 2pm, production classroom (Wallace Studios at Speirs Locks): Paws Against Stress from Canine Concern Scotland Trust.
  • 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Fyfe Lecture Theatre: Presentation on Mental Health in Higher Education by Rachel Drury, Creative & Contextual Studies lecturer, musician and researcher.

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